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Gov. Newsom Wants To Reduce Traffic Citation Costs For Lower-Income Drivers

A red light camera setup is seen in Los Angeles.
A red light camera setup is seen in Los Angeles.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks traffic citation costs are getting out of hand, so he’s proposing a change.

According to the Sacramento Bee, turning right on a red without coming to a complete stop costs $500 in California. The state now wants to reduce those costs for low-income drivers who can’t afford to pay the fines. In Newsom’s budget proposal, he called on authorities to launch a statewide program that could potentially cut citation costs by more than half for lower-income drivers. There’s already an existing pilot program in four counties that reduces fines. According to KSBY News, a recent study found that drivers often don’t pay costly citations. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the proposal. Should traffic fines be lowered for certain drivers? What do you think? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.


Martin Hoshino, administrative director of the California Judicial Council