L.A. supervisors say judges unfair to give limited traffic-fine amnesty
Starting next year, motorists who have not paid fines that were due on or before Jan. 1, 2009, can only pay half the amount if they do so within six months. But drivers who have started to pay their fines will not be eligible for any relief.
“It seems to be grossly unfair,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who wrote the motion calling for the changes.
Supervisors will send a letter to the California Judicial Council, which oversees the program, urging it to extend the same limited amnesty to drivers who have begun paying their fines.
Michael D. Antonovich was the only supervisor not to vote for the motion and instead abstained, saying he felt offering limited amnesty to drivers “sends the wrong message.”
-- Jason Song at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Photo: Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times