BUFFALO, NY - An effort to save drivers money on their traffic tickets, while boosting Buffalo city revenue is underway in Albany.
Ever had a traffic ticket that you wanted to get out of or knock down the fine?
Drivers in Buffalo don't have the right to plea bargain these tickets. But, under a bill being debated in Albany, drivers would be able to do this if they're stopped in the city. Under the proposal, every violation from running a stop sign or illegally changing lanes, running a stop light, U-turn violations and speeding tickets, drivers would be able to fight to get lower penalties on by pleading guilty to the infraction. Then, they could bargain the cost of the violations to lower dollar amounts if they're stopped on Buffalo streets.
"Those are the same opportunities that other municipalities smaller than Buffalo, why shouldn't we have that same opportunity," said David Rivera, council member for Buffalo Common Council.