In the first three months of an 18-month amnesty program for traffic tickets and infractions, thousands of Californians got their fines reduced and driver’s licenses returned. Here are highlights from the first three months, through December 2015:
Initial Outreach and Results
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has mailed out more than 14.8 million notices in 9 languages advertising the amnesty program.
- Since July 2015, more than half a million website visitors have accessed the traffic amnesty webpage, making it one of the most popular pages on the California Courts website.
- More than 58,000 people have received fine and fee reductions.
- Nearly 40,000 requests to restore driver’s licenses have been sent to DMV.
- Gross revenue collected so far from the program totals approximately $7.6 million. After expenses of nearly $3 million, $4.65 million is available to distribute to state and local programs.
Potential for Future of Program
- At least 3.3 million traffic and infraction accounts are eligible for amnesty. These accounts are worth an estimated $2.8 billion. This calculation reflects partial data; actual numbers may be higher.
- DMV reports that approximately 612,000 people currently have a suspended driver’s license for failure to appear or failure to pay traffic tickets.
- Initial startup issues in some courts are being resolved, and the Judicial Council plans to continue reporting every four months.