Police play a critical role in our society. Every day, they are tasked with keeping our communities safe, which routinely places them in harm’s way. Effectively maintaining public safety and order, begins with policing practices that build community trust and collaboration.
Tragically, for many Americans, encounters with police are often unnecessary and may lead to devastating and fatal outcomes.
However, Assembly Bill 116 (AB 116) would change minor traffic violations from criminal to civil infractions, which would end the practice of issuing warrants when fines cannot be paid. Nevada is one of only 13 states that prosecute minor traffic violations as criminal offenses, rather than as civil infractions.
Major violations such as drag racing, reckless driving and DUIs would still be considered criminal offenses under this proposal. The bill is retroactive for any person previously convicted of such offenses and requires courts to cancel outstanding bench warrants for failure to appear. If a person doesn’t respond to the civil infraction in 90 judicial days, the court would have to send out a notice. From that point, people would have 30 days or be subjected to civil and monetary penalties.
Urge your lawmakers to transform police culture, remove structural barriers, and eliminate overcriminalization by supporting AB 116!