“Must Appear” violations are not affected by the new law.Drivers who get a payable traffic ticket must comply with the new law within 30 days by paying the fine, asking for a waiver hearing or asking for a trial.

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When the new law takes effect January 1, drivers who get a payable traffic ticket will have three options: Payable traffic violations include speeding, failure to obey traffic signs or signals, or failure to stop for a school bus.

The new law includes all payable traffic violations for which no incarceration/jail time is required.

The other type of traffic violation in Maryland is “Must Appear.” Examples of these violations are driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving on a suspended license.

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Attention all drivers: important change in law regarding traffic citations goes into effect on January 1, 2011.

The following information was issued by the Office Of Communications and Public Affairs: Maryland Judiciary 2011-D Commerce Park Dr.

Annapolis, MD 21401 Ph: 410-260-1488 New law changes Maryland District Court procedures for traffic tickets after January 1, 2011; drivers must now ask for trial.