I-Team: Traffic Judges to Get New Computer System - 8 News NOW

I-Team: Traffic Judges to Get New Computer System

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LAS VEGAS -- Judges have a new tool designed to stop dangerous drivers from getting repeated breaks in traffic court, after an investigation changed the way they decide cases.

In the past, judges either didn't know how, or didn't have the capability to check on prior tickets of dangerous drivers. But the chief judge of Clark County Justice Court made immediate policy changes.

In addition to those changes, traffic judges are getting a computer upgrade meant to flag repeat traffic ticket offenders. Judge Karen Bennet-Haron says the system will improve public safety.

Clark County Commissioners agreed this morning to the computer upgrade, costing $1 million. The money comes from traffic ticket fees and the system is expected to work by October.

Earlier this month, the 8 News NOW I-Team showed Judge Bennet-Haron cases where people continued getting several speeding and reckless driving tickets reduced to parking violations.

Traffic judges are capping the number of daily cases at 100 in order to manually check every ticketed person's driving history. That means if you mean to go to traffic court, show up early in the morning since it is first come, first served.

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