Last week the Department of Licensing released a list of jurisdictions not affected by a mistake that nullifies thousands of distracted driving citations statewide. Lynnwood was erroneously put on that list.
Lynnwood Municipal Court Administrator Jill O’Cain says the city has 966 cases that are affected.
“The cases pending were dismissed with a finding of not committed. Those citations that had findings but had not been paid also were closed with a not committed finding. People that have paid the citation may contact us by phone 425-670-5100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to get updated addresses. We will be able to find the citation with a full name and date of birth. If the citation number is known that is helpful but not necessary.”
The Department of Licensing is paying for the refunds, so they city won’t be out any money. The tickets were issued between 2007 and July 1, 2010, mostly for driving while talking on a cell phone or texting. The DOL didn’t update the rule book that many jurisdictions use as their traffic code.