Pricey Traffic Tickets Might Be Costing California $140 Million in Revenue

Date Posted: 05/05/2017

Categories: Traffic Tickets

The state has some of the highest traffic tickets in the country — a red light ticket can become a nearly $800 offense — and those who can’t afford to shell out that kind of money can end up losing their licenses and getting booked into country prison.

A new report from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), an organization that provides civil legal aid for low-income residents and people of color, highlights the disproportionately negative impact these costly fines have on LCCR clients. The report, “Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System,” says that in a state where almost 80 percent of commuters get to work by car, and 5.2 million jobs require daily driving, losing a license can lead to job loss and economic crisis.

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