Fee Change Takes Effect

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Starting Wednesday, there's bad news for people who haven't paid their traffic tickets and want to get their driver's license suspension lifted. The fee jumps sharply.

But there's good news if they are called for jury duty. Juror compensation also increases, although not until October.

The two are tied together. The increased driver "clearance fee" funds the increase in juror compensation.

Motorists whose driver's licenses are suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets can expect to pay $45 to get the suspension lifted. That's a $20 jump over the old charge of $25.

Starting Oct. 1, jurors will receive at lease $25 a day and $12.50 per half day for the first day of jury service. For every day thereafter, a juror will get at least $40 a day and $20 a half day.