Around July 1, 2011 the California court system agreed and ruled in favor with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in changing a law to close a loophole used by unruly drivers. These drivers are recipients of multiple citations and were using California traffic school to get out of having a negative driving record. They were even using online traffic school up to three times or more within a year and a half time period. Each time would result in whatever infraction they were cited for to come off their permanent driving record. This created a bad situation for the DMV in keeping track of the accumulations of violations, because they were wiped of the offender’s record completely.
The change in the law is as follows, traffic offenders will not be able to use a California traffic school to have their driving records cleared. The traffic courts in the state are no longer in the business of keeping repeat traffic violators from being able to skate by the laws without consequence. Drivers are now only allowed to go to a traffic school once within the year and a half time frame, instead of the three plus times they were going in the past. There is no more hiding for bad and/or careless drivers.
Also under this law change, citations that are plead guilty to or violators that are found guilty in court will have the conviction on their driving record. If they choose to attend an online traffic school or one in person, their conviction will only be hidden, but will still remain for the record purposes. This way the courts have a method of keeping track of habitual traffic violators. In addition, they are also able to have a record if the driver has already used their one traffic school opportunity within the allotted time frame. Serious offenses, such as drunk driving are not included in the opportunity to have it hidden, ever.
Judges, police officers and the majority of the public are happy with the change in the law. The lawmakers and the law keepers feel they now have the means to spot habitual traffic law violators now that they cannot be concealed by a California traffic school loophole. The public at large are happy with the change because they feel safer. Even though they themselves could one day be in traffic court, good driver who make one mistake every now and then are just fine with the ruling.
The only ones who do not seem to be in favor of the recent changes are those it targets. They have come up with flimsy reasons in their opposition, such as they feel it is a ruling that targets the minorities and the poor or it is an unfair law and that traffic schools are there for the purpose of being able to clear their records. Most feel they just want to be able to continue to drive carelessly with selfish abandon. For this reason, the masses are happy with the court’s decision and not buy into the class or race card being waved. They feel it is about safety and nothing else; a way to monitor the driver that could potentially hurt or even kill someone one day by their inconsiderate and dangerous driving, like speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and/or aggressive driving.