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California is steering toward more reasonable traffic ticket laws
California is steering toward more reasonable traffic ticket laws

Here's something to elicit happy honks from California motorists: Two of the more abusive aspects of traffic citations — "bail for trial" and excessive fines — are being hauled off the road. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye last week ordered the state's traffic courts to stop requiring drivers who want to contest a moving violation to pay their fine first. This is very good news for motorists, especially poor ones. Even if they get a refund when they prevail, the pay-first system is a clear violation of the constitutional right to due process. People shouldn't lose their access to justice because they don't have the...

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