A bill has been introduced in Denver that would ease the penalties drivers face when they fail to pay traffic citations. That bill is slowly working its way through the state legislature. House Bill 1162 has made it over the first hurdle in the House Judiciary Committee and is being moved into the House Appropriations Committee.
If passed, House Bill 1162 will eliminate certain penalties that those who fail to pay their traffic tickets face. Currently, people ticketed in Denver must pay their traffic citation or face more charges, jail time and suspended licenses. Instead, not paying a traffic ticket would result in a failure to pay offense with a fine of no more than $100.
Representative Matt Gray said that the consequences of not paying a traffic ticket have been criminalized and are too steep. It doesn’t make sense to tack more fines onto a traffic ticket when someone couldn’t afford to pay the original amount. Eventually, the situation spirals out of control and severely impacts a person’s life. All over a couple of hundred dollars owed to the government.
It is unknown how long the bill will sit in the House Appropriations Committee before being voted upon and, if passed into law, when it will take effect. One thing is for certain: If the bill is passed into law, drivers in Denver will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
If you are issued a traffic citation in New York, you have rights. If you are struggling to make ends meet, failing to address your ticket is not the answer. Call our office today to set up your free case evaluation and let us advise you of your legal options. Your first consultation will be held at no cost to you.