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SB20-070:Traffic Offense Classification And Penalties

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB20-070
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Active Amend
Sponsors: M. Gray / M. Catlin/P. Lee / D. Coram /


Under existing law, there is a presumptive range of fines for traffic
misdemeanors and traffic infractions (traffic offenses) and there are
specified fines and surcharges for certain traffic offenses.
The bill increases the presumptive ranges of fines for traffic
offenses and increases specified fines and surcharges for certain traffic
offenses. The bill requires that 25% of the fine collected for a traffic
misdemeanor and 50% of the fine collected for a traffic infraction be
transmitted to the county in which the violation occurs. Counties are
permitted to use the money for traffic safety improvements, traffic
enforcement, prosecution of traffic violations, or any other use consistent
with the state constitution.
Under existing law, driving without a valid driver’s license or
instruction permit or driving a vehicle for which a person has not been
issued the correct type or class of license is a class 2 traffic misdemeanor.
The bill reclassifies those offenses as class A traffic infractions.
Under existing law, operating or permitting the operation of a
motor vehicle or low-power scooter without an insurance policy in effect
or failing to present evidence of insurance following an accident or when
asked to do so by a peace officer is a class 1 traffic misdemeanor. The bill
reclassifies a first violation of each of those offenses as a class A traffic
infraction punishable by a $500 fine. A court must reduce the fine to $250
upon a showing that the person has appropriate insurance. A second or
subsequent violation within 5 years remains a class 1 traffic misdemeanor
and is punishable by a $1,000 fine that may not be reduced by the court.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/10/2020)
Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance (02/27/2020)

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