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Proposed California bill would base traffic fines on income

May 16th, 2017

A new bill moving through the California Senate would base the amount of a traffic violation fine on a person’s income.

Senate Bill 185 would allow judges to reduce traffic violation fines by up to 80 percent if a person can prove they’re unable to pay the amount — and only if their income is 2-and-a-half times above the federal poverty line or less.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said it doesn’t make sense to use money as a punishment because a $450 ticket is a minor annoyance to wealthy people and potentially detrimental to lower-income earners.

He said SB 185 is an attempt to even the playing field.

SB 185 passed the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Public Safety Committee. The Appropriations Committee heard the bill Monday — but pushed the vote to next week.


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