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Installment plans could be coming for traffic law violators who have to pay fines

A Buffalo-area lawmaker is proposing legislation that would help ease the burden for New Yorkers who struggle to come up with the cash to pay their traffic fines and face the loss of their drivers' license if they can't pay.

Assemblyman Patrick Burke, D-West Seneca, has sponsored the "Traffic Ticket Relief Act," which would give judges leeway to reduce some traffic fines for people have an inability to pay — whether due to lack of funds or significant life event — and allow drivers to pay their fines in installments.

"We're not looking to let anyone skate from the rules of the road, but a traffic ticket shouldn't ruin anybody's life," said Burke.

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