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Some drivers could be penalized following state court glitch


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jul. 20, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Most of the nearly 2,000 Coweta State Court driving citation records that were affected by a computer glitch are being taken care of, en masse, by a court order, but 119 of the cases are more complicated. 

A software glitch on July 9 caused the records, some of which dated back to the late ‘90s, to be sent to the state as if they were brand new traffic citations. For certain drivers, this caused their licenses to be suspended.

Most of those records were duplicates of old paper records, which were entered into the state court’s computer system over time. A standing court order was accepted by the Department of Driver’s Services Thursday that should take care of 1,596 of the problem records, according to Coweta Communications Manager Tom Corker. 

But approximately 119 of those records were never sent to the DDS back when they were supposed to be, Corker said. 

It’s possible that some of the drivers affected by those “delayed” records could find themselves penalized. “There is no statute of limitations for it, I am told,” Corker said. The citations will be entered with their correct dates, he said. 

The delayed records dated from 2005 to 2018. 

Coweta County State Court or DDS will be contacting each individual with a delayed record to let them know the situation and what steps will need to be taken, Corker said. 

Anyone who is concerned that their license could have been suspended due to this error can check the status of a license at https://online.dds.ga.gov/DLStatus/

If there are any problems with your license, contact Coweta County State Court at 770-254-2699.