On Monday, July 14, 2014, the Central District of California will launch an exciting new pilot program in the Eastern Division – the first program of its kind in the nation. The new program will allow individuals who receive tickets for traffic violations on federal property, and who are eligible to attend traffic school instead of paying a fine to resolve the ticket, to choose the traffic school option without making a personal appearance in court. This pilot program offers individuals with federal citations the opportunity to check their eligibility for traffic school online; and register their choice to attend traffic school without coming to court; and will eliminate the need for thousands of people every year to travel hundreds of miles to attend court hearings lasting just 2-3 minutes. Not just more convenient for those signing up for traffic school, this will ease the burden on the court, and reduce waiting times even for ticketed individuals who are not eligible to attend traffic school.
People who have received federal citations may participate in this program only if the citation indicates that a hearing is scheduled at one of the following locations:
- Fort Irwin
- Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base
- Black Rock Visitor’s Center in Yucca Valley
- United States District Court in Riverside
Only these four locations are participating in the pilot program. Individuals whose citations indicate that a hearing is scheduled at some other location may still be eligible to attend traffic school to resolve their tickets instead of paying a fine, but they must appear in court in order to choose this option.
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