PROMPTNESS WILL HELP DRIVERS AVOID TOUGHER, COSTLIER PENALTIES FROM TRAFFIC LAW CHANGE
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (September 24, 2010) – A traffic offense that once meant a late fine if not handled on time, could now also lead to a suspended driver’s license and reinstatement costs.
Due to a change in Florida law, drivers ticketed for failing to show proof of insurance to a police officer could now have their driving privileges suspended if they don’t prove within 30 days that they had valid insurance when they were cited, for the vehicle listed on the citation. Those who fail to show proof of insurance, such as a copy of a valid insurance card, to the Clerk & Comptroller within 30 days will also face the previously required $116 fine, plus applicable late fees, and may be prevented from renewing their vehicle registration.
In order to reinstate a driver’s license after it’s been suspended or renew registration, ticketed drivers must also pay a $150 reinstatement fee for a first offense and provide proof of insurance to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Subsequent violations will result in a $250 reinstatement fee.
This change, approved during the 2010 legislative session, took effect on September 1, 2010. The first batch of citations affected will be due beginning on September 30. Drivers who show proof of insurance to the Clerk’s office within 30 days of receiving the citation will have the offense dismissed after paying a $10 dismissal fee.
The Clerk & Comptroller’s office is responsible for collecting fines and processing citations issued in Palm Beach County. Money collected is then distributed to the appropriate local and state agencies. For more information about traffic violations, including how to pay a ticket, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
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