New agency will give drivers more options to fight traffic tickets in Rochester

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Starting this weekend, drivers who get traffic tickets in Rochester may have more options on how to handle it.

The new system may be able to help you lower points and fines without taking your ticket to trial.

“They’re going to have the option to settle their traffic tickets, so if they’re charged with speeding, they’ll be able to negotiate it down to a lesser offense, lesser points, lesser fines,” said Jobin Joseph, attorney for

The Rochester Traffic Violations Bureau is becoming the Rochester Traffic Violations Agency. The big difference will be the power for drivers to negotiate.

Right now, to fight a ticket, you have to go to court. After the change, you’ll be able to fight it, right at the new traffic violations agency. The move is designed to save the city money, and the city taxpayers time.

The new system takes effect this Saturday, April 21. If you have a traffic violation sued before April 21, then you’ll still need to follow the current rules, but your case will be transferred to the new city agency on the 21st.

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