Quinn signs traffic-related law

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Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan that lets people charged with some minor traffic offenses pay penalties without a court appearance.

In a Sunday statement, Quinn says the legislation helps reduce the burden on drivers and the court system by cutting the number of “unnecessary minor cases.”

Under the plan motorists cited with petty traffic violations can plead guilty and pay fines without showing up to court.

Earlier this year, Quinn signed a law that ends the practice of posting a driver’s license in Illinois as security after certain traffic citations.

Both laws take effect in January.

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The bills are SB3509 and SB2583.

Online: www.ilga.gov.