Diversion for Traffic Offenses
About our Traffic Offense Diversion Program
Your traffic ticket may be eligible for our program
The Traffic Diversion Program is designed to reinforce safe driving principles, to instill a sense of community responsibility, and to help those who have committed a moving violation to avoid points and increased insurance premiums.
To be eligible, you must have a valid operator’s license and automobile insurance and must not have participated in the traffic diversion program in the past. Also, you must not have already paid the Fayette District Court Clerk for the fine and court costs for the ticket, because once that is paid, the Fayette County Attorney cannot refund the money. Most moving violations not involving an allegation of driving under the influence are considered for the program; however, the Fayette County Attorney reserves the right to exclude applicants based on the seriousness of the moving violation, criminal history and/or the number of past moving violations.
There is a fee for the program which must be paid up-front at the time of enrollment. Participants who successfully complete the program do not have to pay any other fines, fees, or court costs. Young drivers will be required to receive instruction on our driving simulator. Particular emphasis is directed to safe breaking practice, defensive driving and the perils of texting in a car. All participants are required to attend a one hour traffic safety presentation given by a LFUCG police officer. They are also required to complete four hours of community service through any non-profit organization. Examples include schools, churches, Goodwill Stores, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, The Hope Center, and God’s Pantry, just to name a few. The Fayette County Attorney reserves the right to impose additional requirements depending on the seriousness of the moving violation and the applicant’s criminal history and/or driving record.
Upon successful completion of the traffic diversion program, the charge is dismissed and expunged, meaning it is erased from all court and Transportation Cabinet records, as though the offense never occurred. As a result, no points are added to the operator’s license. The vast majority of our participants never have to appear in court.
If you would like to be considered for the program, please call (859)226-5421 or send an e-mail with your name and date of birth to Angela.Taylor@fayettecountyattorney.com. It helps us if you respond at least two weeks prior to the court date the officer gave you when you were issued the ticket. If you meet the requirements of the program, we will then, depending on your preference, either mail or e-mail you a diversion agreement form and a community service time sheet. The diversion agreement form will contain the exact terms of diversion, including the deadline for submitting payment, the date for the one hour traffic safety presentation, and the deadline for completion of community service. Once you sign and submit the diversion agreement along with payment, you will then be officially enrolled in the program. After you are enrolled, we change your court date to give you time to complete the program. As soon as you attend the traffic safety presentation and submit your community service time sheet, we submit the documents to dismiss and expunge the case. If you complete the program on time, you will not have to appear in court.