Some drivers stopped for minor traffic violations will be offered an alternative to appearing in court due to a Driver Safety Program provided by Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The counties of Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union are participating in this program.
Eligible drivers stopped by the police for certain minor traffic violations–only those for which a court appearance is not mandatory–will be given an application form which will explain the driver safety class option: Option B – plead guilty, pay the fine and the $30 fee, apply by mail and participate in the Driver Safety Program. The $30 fee will be used to cover the cost of administering the program and providing the traffic safety classes in our area. Drivers who complete the one-time, four-hour class, fulfilling the requirements of court supervision, will not have the offense reported to the Secretary of State. Drivers must sign an affidavit that they have not attended traffic school or been under court supervision during the last 12 months.
The classes are offered in various locations, Monday through Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon. The number of classes per month are limited. The four-hour class uses materials supplied by the National Safety Council and is available in both English and Spanish.
Drivers from any area who have received a ticket may be eligible for this class. The driver would need to confirm with the court in the county in which s/he received the ticket. A fee of $30 is required and a certificate of completion issued at the end of class. This certificate may then be mailed to the court in which the ticket was received.
To request an application form through the mail or for more information call:
Driver’s Safety Program Coordinator – 1-618-833-8435