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Bill To Decriminalize Traffic Tickets Pulled From Consideration

A Nevada bill that would have decriminalized most traffic tickets has been pulled, and will not be voted on before Friday’s deadline.

Assembly Bill 411 was one of the criminal justice reform proposals under consideration and it would have taken jail time off the table for most minor traffic violations, including speeding or an improper lane change.

The bill would have reclassified those offenses as civil infractions that come with a fine.

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Supporters of the change say people who are too poor to pay traffic tickets end up in jail and the process creates a downward spiral. 

During a hearing on the bill last month, municipal courts complained that the bill called for too much change in too short a time.