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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Online traffic school website not approved by court"

From the Sunday Michigan City News Dispatch:

La PORTE — A website providing traffic school and defensive driving courses claims to be sponsored by the Indiana courts, but has not been officially approved by the courts.

La Porte County Superior Court No. 3 Judge Jennifer Koethe wants the public to be cautious when signing up online for a defensive driving program.

“Recently, a member of the public contacted the La Porte Superior Court 3 Traffic Department regarding an online defensive driving program that appeared to be court sponsored,” Koethe said.

The falsely sponsored site is www.gototrafficschool.com where you can select any court in Indiana by county to complete online traffic school, online defensive driving, online ticket dismissal, online point reduction or online driving improvement.

Indiana Code 9-30-3-16 provides that a court may require a person who has committed a traffic offense to complete a driver’s safety program approved by the court or the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The site provides a traffic school course for $40 and an Indiana insurance reduction course for $35, if the participant views the list of courses available for La Porte County Superior Court No. 3 on the website.

“Luckily, a concerned citizen questioned the site and brought this matter to the clerk’s attention prior to paying the fee for the program,” Koethe said. “Anyone who needs to complete a defensive driving program should verify that the program is approved by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles prior to signing up or paying for the program.”

The site is misleading because it has not been approved by the courts or by the Indiana BMV. The site has been reported to the Indiana Judicial center, the BMV and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 4, 2014 09:48 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts