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Abbotsford region throws out traffic tickets

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- The Abbotsford Crown counsel office has scrapped nearly all outstanding traffic tickets issued...


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Abbotsford Crown counsel office has scrapped nearly all outstanding traffic tickets issued between Jan. 1, and Dec. 21, 2000.

The move is aimed at clearing up the courts so that tickets from 2001 and later can be heard in a timely manner. Not all tickets, however, are being scrapped. Photo radar tickets and tickets that have leave from the Supreme Court for late notice will still be enforced.

“There is a large backlog of violation tickets dating back to the year 2000 that have not been se down for trial,” say city officials. “If the violation tickets were set down for trial, there would be a delay of 15 months before the trial could be heard. That length of delay has been found to be unreasonable by the courts, who in turn dismiss the violation tickets.”

Tickets issued by Abbotsford Police, Sumas RCMP Freeway Patrol, CN Rail Police, Mission RCMP and Conservation Officer Services are all to be scrapped under the recent announcement.


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