Traffic violations could be expunged under Senate bill

SALT LAKE CITY — A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow drivers to have minor traffic offenses expunged from their records.

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, sponsor of SB201, said it makes no sense that Utah law allows courts to expunge drug convictions and other serious crimes but not moving violations. Calling it a loophole in the law, he said it could hinder people from obtaining employment.

“Should someone be denied a job because they had a traffic citation from years earlier?” Bramble said.

The bill would not provide an “absolute get-out-of-jail free card” but be limited to certain minor violations, excluding DUI or other serious offenses, he said.

SB201 moves the Senate floor.

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