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Grant County Deputy Sheriff Troy Langley testifies in front of a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, March 18, in favor of a bill allowing local governments to establish education programs to replace traffic tickets for some offenders. With him is Jim Franklin, representing sheriffs and police chiefs. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota committee OKs classes instead of fines for minor traffic violations

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ST. PAUL -- Local Minnesota governments could offer classes instead of fines to drivers ticketed for minor traffic violations, a House transportation committee decided Tuesday.

On a unanimous vote, the committee approved a bill by Rep. Jay McNamar, D-Elbow Lake, to let cities and counties establish driving safety classes that violators could take instead of a traffic ticket being placed on their records.

“It's just a great way to keep the streets safe,” McNamar said.

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