New bill would appoint ombudsman to void traffic tickets

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Mayor Gray is slated to sign a bill that would appoint an ombudsman to investigate and void erroneously issued parking and traffic tickets in the District.

The bill is championed by AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says Mayor Gray has already signed the bill.

In the past, some drivers say it has taken up to two years to get their cases heard.

Under the new law, ticketed drivers can re-submit their cases to the hearing examiner on the following circumstances:

• New evidence is available
• The need to recover additional evidence
• An error was committed by the original hearing examiner
• A need for further consideration

The hearing examiner then has 180 days to issue a decision. After a decision is issued, the driver can still appeal his or her ticket.

The measure also requires the government to provide drivers up to 24 months to reopen and appeal traffic ticket cases if any new evidence clearly demonstrates their innocence, according to a press release.

After the mayor signs the bill, it will go into a 30 day review period.

City Hall estimates that 150,000 motorists will appeal traffic tickets under the new law.


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