Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BestTrafficSchool.com - TWO TIME WINNER

BestTrafficSchool.com Receives 2012 Best of Mechanicsville Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2012 -- For the second consecutive year, BestTrafficSchool.com has been selected for the 2012 Best of Mechanicsville Award in the Education category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).  The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2012 Award recipients qualified as Two-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com
URL: http://www.uscaaward.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The FACTS about California's new traffic school law

Lots of rumors floating around about a new law in California that impacts a driver's ability to take TRAFFIC SCHOOL to dismiss a citation from his or her driving record after receiving a traffic ticket.

While it's true that a new California law took effect on July 1, 2011 that changes the way traffic violations appear on your DMV record, it is NOT true that taking traffic school will no longer have an impact.  Taking traffic school will still play a significant role in keeping your driving record clean and keeping your insurance rates low.

Let's take a look at the facts to clear up any confusion:


• CA law allowed drivers to take traffic school once every 18 months
• Completing traffic school allowed for the courts to DISMISS the infraction from the driving record
• The citation would not appear on the DMV record
• The insurance companies would not see the infraction, therefore no insurance increases

Traffic school expert explains the problem with this system:

Matt Kaminsky, the president & CEO of BESTtrafficschool.com, says,  "The old system provided a loophole for REPEAT OFFENDERS.  Under this program, since the infraction never appeared on the DMV record, the DMV had no way of actually knowing how many times a driver had attended traffic school within an 18-month period.  The result is that repeat offenders were often able to take traffic school 3, 4, or 5 times within an 18-month period without the DMV having a way of tracking this history."

The new policy closes the loophole that Kaminsky speaks of.


• CA law allows drivers to take traffic school once every 18 months
• All infractions will show on the DMV record as driving convictions, giving the DMV the ability to track repeat offenders and prevent them from abusing the 18-month law
• Completing traffic school allows for the FIRST driving conviction within an 18-month period to be MASKED on your driving record
• The insurance companies will NOT be able to see the masked convictions, therefore NO INSURANCE INCREASE.

In reality, very little has changed.  The new law only affects those people out there who were trying to trick the system by attending traffic school more than the law allowed for.

So ignore the rumors and absorb the facts above.  

BOTTOM LINE:  If you receive a ticket, you'd be crazy not to attend traffic school if given the opportunity to do so.  Not only could you learn something beneficial that could make you a better driver, but you'll mask your conviction from your insurance company and keep your insurance rates low.

Ultimately, isn't that really what we're all looking for?

Monday, April 16, 2012


Have you been a bad boy or girl?  Were you one of those drivers who received a traffic ticket in California and "forgot" to pay your fine?  Have the courts been hounding you for payments and tacking on hefty fines in late fees and additional assessments?  Well...until June 30th, 2012, you may be in luck.

The California Courts have implemented an amnesty program for traffic tickets! 

Sounds too good to be true, but Matt Kaminsky, president of BESTtrafficschool.com, confirms that certain unpaid tickets are eligible for a 50% discount under a one-time amnesty program.

That's right.  The total amount you owe can be cut in HALF! Including a 50% discount on any assessments that were added to your original fine.

Now before you start jumping for joy...let me clarify that not EVERY type of ticket is eligible:  PARKING TICKETS, DUI's. and RECKLESS DRIVING citations are not eligible for the amnesty program.

Furthermore, to qualify for amnesty all of the following conditions must be met:

1)  Your outstanding traffic debt was due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009
2)  The last date you made a payment was on or before January 1, 2009
3)  You either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full
4)  You do not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the violation was filed.
5)  You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the violation was filed.

Do you meet these requirements?  If so, this program may be your "Get Out of Jail Free" (or 50% discounted) card.

So what do you do if you think you qualify?

First thing is to check with the superior court in the county where you got the ticket to determine how to pay for the traffic tickets that are eligible under this program. (The program includes both adult and juvenile code infractions as well as non-vehicle code infractions).

You will have to pay off your fine in one lump sum, but at a 50% discount the sting won't be as painful.  And if you need a little more time to come up with the money, most courts will accept payment via credit card, and then you can spend the next month or two paying it off.    

You can find contact information for your court on the State of California website.

But act quickly!  This program EXPIRES on June 30th, 2012!