Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Alameda County residents with overdue traffic tickets have less than two months left to pay up through an amnesty program that allows some fines to be cut in half. Since Jan. 1, courts in the county and elsewhere throughout California have offered amnesty to people who have not paid traffic-ticket fines due before Jan. 1, 2009. The amnesty program allows people to make good on their debt and shaves 50 percent off the amount due. The amnesty program ends June 30. Only traffic tickets that were due to be paid before January 1, 2009, are eligible. Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are not eligible. To qualify for the 50 percent discount, all of the following conditions must be met: Residents must have an outstanding traffic case that was due to be paid in full before Jan. 1, 2009. They either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full. The last date to make a payment was on or before Jan. 1, 2009. Further, they cannot owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the traffic case was filed. They can have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the traffic case was filed. For information, contact Alameda County Central Collections at (510) 208-9900 or go to 1221 Oak St., Rm. 220, Oakland.
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