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SOME OVERDUE TRAFFIC TICKETS ELIGIBLE FOR DISCOUNT

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POSTED December 23, 2011 8:54 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some people who have long-overdue traffic tickets may be eligible for a discount, but it comes with strings attached.

As part of a statewide amnesty program, California court officials say a limited number of traffic scofflaws are eligible for a 50 percent discount if they pay their tickets during the first six months of next year.

The program, administered by the state's Administrative Office of the Courts, also has a number of other restrictions.

Officials say only tickets that were due to be paid before Jan. 1, 2009 are eligible. Parking citations, driving under the influence, reckless driving and cases where restitution is due are not eligible for the discounts.

Having an outstanding warrant in the county where the ticket was issued will also disqualify anyone from the discount.

Even with all the restrictions, state officials say more than 6 million tickets could qualify.

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