Last Updated 19th of April, 2010
What is a diversion program in regard to a traffic ticket?
Speeding Tickets, Traffic Tickets and DiversionA diversion program, if allowed, is sort of like a "second chance" arrangement if you've been issued traffic ticket or a speeding ticket. It serves as an opportunity to have a traffic violation dismissed and removed from your driving record. This is important. Especially if you are one violation away from having your drivers license suspended. Plus, having a ticket dismissed will save you from a possible spike in your car insurance premiums.
The decision to attend is not up to you. A judge or the arresting officer must approve of your involvement. Some of the deciding circumstances that come into play include the severity of your violation and whether or not your infraction resulted in an accident. Depending on your county or district, the program, which is similar to a traffic school or a defensive driving course, may take place in one sitting, lasting anywhere from three to six hours. You will be required to pay for enrollment in the program.
If you fail to complete the course and/or your diversion program arrangements, your ticket will be filed again and added back to your driving record.
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