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New law allows payment of some traffic fines without court appearance

(KFVS) - A new law in Illinois that allows those charged with certain minor traffic offenses to pay their fines or penalties without appearing in court goes into effect Thursday.

This new legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn follows the “Sign and Drive” law he recently signed that ends the practice of requiring individuals to give up their driver's license as security for traffic violations. 

Drivers ticketed with certain petty traffic violations can plead guilty and pay their fines without a court appearance. 

This is companion legislation to a previously approved law that eliminated the requirement that a valid driver's license be posted as bail for certain traffic offenses. 


Both laws are effective January 1, 2015.

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