Southern California counties should get rid of late fees for traffic fines

In Politics by Michael Rae

Following state reforms aimed at reducing traffic ticket late fees, many Bay Area counties have eliminated these fees, and it is time for Southern California counties to follow their example. These traffic ticket late fees unfairly burden low-income drivers without meaningfully improving public safety.

Ten California counties, including San Francisco and San Mateo, recently eliminated late fees for unpaid traffic tickets. The move to eliminate late fees in San Mateo County is the result of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and