Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill on Wednesday, September 30th, that makes it a lot more fair for the average Californian fighting a traffic ticket.
Drivers who have been ticketed but who want to challenge the ticket, can now do so without having to initially pay the fees. The law goes into effect immediately.
Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who introduced the bill, said:
“The system was broken. Is it reasonable or fair to require the poor to pay a huge fine before getting a hearing? I say no, and I’m grateful the governor agreed.”
Mike Herald of the Western Center for Law and Poverty, which pushed for the measure, SB 405. stated:
“By allowing people to have their day in court without having to pay the ticket first, fewer people will get their license suspended and end up in dire straits.”