Mark Leno

Gov. Brown signs law easing challenges to traffic tickets

Californians will now be allowed to challenge most routine traffic tickets in court without having to first pay the contested fines. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday a measure passed by the Legislature in response to widespread complaints about escalating fines and a lack of due process for those with such tickets. "The system was broken," said Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who introduced the bill. "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." The new law takes effect immediately. More than 4 million Californians had their driver's licenses...