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Legislative Committee Looks At Decriminalizing Traffic Violations

A legislative committee considering decriminalizing traffic violations has made a series of bill draft requests that would collectively treat traffic offenses as civil infractions instead of criminal violations. 

The Nevada Current reports that committee chairman Steve Yeager last week asked the committee to compile four draft requests. 

The first would reclassify minor traffic offenses, while the other three focus on how to improve the current system if a bill to move minor traffic offenses to a civil system failed to pass. 

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Twenty-two states have decriminalized minor traffic violations and imposed penalties that are civil in nature, meaning they do not lead to arrest if the indigent can’t pay. 

Those states include Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington, with a decriminalization process underway in California.