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Marion County Prosecutor's Office expands traffic court deferral programs

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 19:39:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Changes to Marion County's traffic court aim to help people resolve violations without having to appear in court in person.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday it's expanding Project Valid and Safe Driver Deferral Project, according to a press release.

"We know that the current public health crisis has caused confusion and some individuals have delayed addressing traffic tickets," Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in the release. "We want to work with drivers to make the process as smooth as possible so that they can address the violation and move on.”

Those who have been issued a summons for misdemeanor offenses of driving while suspended or operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license can avoid criminal prosecution if they get a valid license, according to the release.

The prosecutor's office is also expanding access to its Safe Driver Deferral Program, according to the release. The program allows people charged with a traffic infraction to pay a one-time fee and keep the infraction from appearing on their driving record if they don't commit additional infractions for six months.

To be eligible for the program, the ticket must be for a moving violation, according to information online about the program. Those with a Commercial Drivers License are not eligible for the program. Certain infractions are not eligible for the program, including offenses that happened in school or work zones.

For more information on how to participate in the programs, see the poster below: