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New program seeks to hold repeat traffic offenders accountable

New program seeks to hold repeat traffic offenders accountable

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 11, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local leaders have developed a new branch of traffic court with the goal of stopping certain offenders from repeatedly breaking the rules of the road.

It's called the Serious Traffic Offender Program. It's been operating every Thursday morning for the past few months. It's meant to hold drivers accountable because all too often, the same people are causing problems.

The program specifically handles drivers who have 10 or more violations in one calendar year.

That accounts for hundreds of people in the Vally. Those repeat offenders also account for a huge financial burden. 

The judge in charge of the program said they own an average of $3,000 to $6,000 each in unpaid traffic fines. They also represent a safety risk.

Most of the serious traffic offenders are sentenced to serve probation and pay their base fines. In some cases, if they collect more traffic violations, they can have their license revoked and even see jail time.