Thursday, December 2, 2010

Traffic Ticket Process Changed With New Maryland Law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People who get traffic tickets in Maryland will have three options under a new law taking effect in January.

Now, drivers automatically have trial dates scheduled, but that won't happen under the new law.

They will be able to either pay the fine, ask for a waiver hearing instead of a trial or request a court date for a trial.

Drivers will have to comply within 30 days or risk having their driver's license suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Payable traffic violations like speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, or failure to stop for a school bus are affected by the new law. Violations like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or under a suspended license are not.

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