New Maryland Law on Traffic Tickets - Maryland Injury Lawyers Blog
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jan 02, 2011 in Car Accidents
On January 1, 2011 a new law goes into effect that will affect those who want to fight moving traffic violations in the State of Maryland. Under this new law Maryland drivers who receive a traffic violation will have 30 days to request a court date if they are going to fight the ticket. This changes the previous law whereby the offender would automatically receive a court date in the mail if the Maryland traffic citation was not paid. Under the old law there was obviously a large number of Maryland drivers who would not show for their court date and many cases would have to be postponed. The Maryland State Policy (which only writes a fraction of the Maryland tickets) estimates that this change in the law could save as much as $500,000.00 per year. The Washington Post notes that in 2009 over $3.5 Million was spent for overtime pay to officers for just sitting around in court.
The change in the law impacts citations such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic ticket and other minor moving violations. It does not change laws relating to "must appeal violations" such as drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs.
The new law's text is here