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July 2017

How to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket in Atlanta

If you have a traffic ticket in the city of Atlanta, there is a way to get out of it without any points or a record. The city of Atlanta has a little-known program called PTI, or Pre-Trial Intervention- Traffic. Typically when you get a ticket in Atlanta, you have two choices: 1) you can pay the ticket online or 2) go to court and plead not guilty and come back for another trial date and take your chances. Nolo contendere is an option sometimes, but it carries all of the consequences of a guilty plea, including the points. Georgia operates on a point system, and the city of Atlanta assigns certain amounts of points for various offenses. The table can be found at atlantaga.gov/modules/showdocument. aspx?documentid=1420 . In Georgia, your driver’s license will be suspended when you reach 15 points in a 24-month period. Furthermore, your car insurance rates can rise drastically. When you get a ticket in Atlanta and the citation is of a minor nature — like running a stop sign, expired tags, speeding 34 miles or less over the speed limit, improper lane change with no accident involved — you can avail yourself of the program. If you are accepted, you pay around $185, and the charges are dismissed with no points and no

conviction, so your insurance company does not penalize you.

How Do You Do It?

This is the best part. In most cases, you can enroll via email and send payment by mail so you do not need to appear in court. Here are the two ways to do it without showing up:

1. Go to ditweb.atlantaga.gov/ptit/Default to apply online.

2. Send the court an email at PTIT@AtlantaGA.gov with:

o o o o o o o

Name

Date of birth

Driver’s license number

Email address or fax number

In Georgia, your driver’s license will be suspended when you reach 15 points in a 24-month period. Furthermore, your car insurance rates can rise drastically.

Telephone number

Citation number or case number Number of citations received

Once you send the email, they will respond within the day to advise you that you are accepted. You will then need to get a money order or certified check and mail it in, and that takes care of it. Remember, you can only do this once every 12 months.

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Next time you see a driverless Porsche with cameras and Georgia Tech logos all over it, don’t panic. It’s legal. Governor Deal recently signed legislation authorizing driverless cars with a few tweaks. The driverless cars must carry higher insurance limits than the standard

$25,000 minimum limits for human drivers. The first concrete step to effectively test these technologies is to create a smart corridor with upgraded traffic signals that can connect to advanced sensors in the roadway that will help traffic move smoothly. The city of Atlanta will

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