traffic court


Definition of traffic court

: a minor court for disposition of petty prosecutions for violations of statutes, ordinances, and local regulations governing the use of highways and motor vehicles

Examples of traffic court in a Sentence

She has to be in traffic court this morning.
Recent Examples on the Web In California, a plastic surgeon appeared in a traffic court hearing in February via videoconference from an operating room, according to The Sacramento Bee newspaper. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland doctor-delegate tuned in twice from operating room to participate in legislative meetings," 23 Mar. 2021 Pham defended the operation, saying that Americans who do not follow orders issued by a judge in the federal court system or local traffic court system are held in contempt for not following a legal agreement. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "ICE arrests 154 illegal immigrants 'who broke promise' to self-deport," 19 Nov. 2020 For a time, former Clerk Beth White found a loophole by opening early voting locations at traffic court and juvenile court, which technically were under her purview. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Long lines in Marion County should come as no surprise," 30 Oct. 2020 Barker was also served with a Livingston County warrant for failing to appear in traffic court on an undisclosed charge, police said. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Southland crime: German shepherds help Tinley resident scare away would-be scammer, more," 25 Aug. 2020 Most mornings hundreds of people go to the courthouse for misdemeanor and traffic court. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Illinois courts face mountain of cases backed up by pandemic," 23 June 2020 Juvenile courts will reopen on Monday, July 6, and traffic court will continue to operate remotely for the foreseeable future. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "The City-County Building will partially reopen Monday for some services. Here's what we know.," 14 June 2020 One parent called me in a panic when her 20 year-old son refused to answer a summons to a local traffic court, resulting from three unpaid speeding tickets. Mark Mcconville, WSJ, "Parenting Isn’t Over When Kids Grow Up," 18 Jan. 2020 The San Francisco Police Department issues moving violations for sidewalk riding, but the city’s traffic court couldn’t provide data on the number of offenses because vehicle violations aren’t scooter-specific. Mallory Moench,, "Abandoned, peed on by dogs: As SF scooters ramp up, complaints are rare but colorful," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of traffic court

1919, in the meaning defined above

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27 Mar 2021

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“Traffic court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of traffic court

US : a court of law where drivers who have broken traffic laws are punished

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Legal Definition of traffic court

: a local court having limited jurisdiction over violation of statutes, ordinances, and regulations governing the use of roads and motor vehicles

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