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Minor traffic offenses can be resolved by mail under new law

Drivers charged with certain minor traffic offenses will be able to avoid court and just pay a fine by mail under a law that goes into effect Jan. 1.

Motorists ticketed for speeding, improper lane usage or moving violations that don’t involve accidents will be able to plead guilty by mail and pay their penalty without appearing in court under the measure sponsored by State Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin) and State Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago).

“This new law helps reduce the burden on drivers and our court system by cutting the number of unnecessary minor cases,” Quinn said in a news release.

The bill was a companion to another new law, also effective Jan. 1, that eliminates the requirement that a valid driver’s license be posted as bail for certain traffic offenses.