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Petty Traffic Ticket 'Sign and Drive' Now Law

Who needs court? With a new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn Sunday, beginning next year you can skip the entire judicial process altogether for certain alleged traffic offenses. The law commonly called “Sign and Drive” ends the practice of people surrendering their licenses as bail after what’s described by the governor’s office as a petty traffic stop. Instead, drivers can sign the back of the officer-issued ticket acknowledging they will either pay the find, and in doing so admit guilt, or they promise to be in court to address the allegations. The law takes effect Thursday.

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