Yes, Bill, there is a traffic school

The Medford Municipal Court recently informed me that the city of Medford no longer offers traffic school for traffic violations. Do you know why this change was made?

— Bill F., Medford

Bill, all we can say is, "Huh?" We're not sure where you got your information.

Apparently traffic school is alive and well. You still can take the class online or in a regular classroom situation. That is, if you qualify for the class.

There are a few reasons why the class might not be available to some people:

  • If you've had a previous moving violation or traffic crime conviction within the past three years.
  • If you have more than one moving violation on your ticket.
  • If you received a ticket in a school zone or a construction zone.
  • If you have a commercial license.

There are also some citations, such as being involved in a hit-and-run accident, that could net you a criminal charge, which would make you ineligible.

You have to apply for traffic school by mail. You can get the form at:

Traffic schools charge between $40 and $50.

In addition to paying for traffic school, you also have to pay a program fee, which is typically similar to the fine listed on your citation.

So the good news, Bill, is that traffic school does still exist. The bad news is that you may have one of the issues noted above and are not eligible.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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