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Getting a traffic ticket in LA County is a pain in the butt. No doubt about it. But thanks to the Internet, dealing with snail mail, the telephone, heck, even people is a thing of the past. We heard a promotional plug last night on KFWB 980 about the online traffic services available at Los Angeles Superior Court. It seems that the Superior Court kicked off this educational campaign in October (though we're not sure when the online services launched).

Now we haven't been pulled over in awhile--and we'd like to keep it that way--but just knowing that the service is available when we get pulled over by the black and whites makes the process of getting a moving violation a little easier for us drive-happy Angelenos. Traffic Ticket Services available online include:

- Paying a traffic ticket;
- Requeseting an extension;
- Requesting traffic school;
- Checking on the status of a traffic ticket by citation number or by driver's license number;
- Reserving a court date; or
- Requesting a trial by declaration.

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The Los Angeles Superior Court handles citations issued by law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County...Modest convenience fees are assessed for most online credit card Traffic Court transactions, but some services--such as scheduling an initial court date--are free. For those that are not free, convenience fees are nominal.

If you need to file a small claims case or order court documents and divorce records, might as well knock those out of the way, too.

Now when we tried late last night to access the site--you guessed it--it was down for maintenance. But the system is available at the following times:

Monday - Friday: 5 AM to 10:30 PM
Saturdays: 7 AM to 6:30 PM
Sundays: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Happy driving and we'll see you on the 405...

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