Brunswick political flap closes traffic court

WHITEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A political feud is putting traffic
offenders in limbo in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

District Judge Jerry Jolly ordered traffic court to be shut down
last month after accusing chief prosecutor Jon David of assigning
some offenders to StreetSafe classes in exchange for reduced
charges.

Jolly has been critical of StreetSafe, an educational program to
encourage driver safety,

The prosecutor had asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals to
block Jolly's order. But the panel said Monday it could not rule on
the request until Jolly responds to it. Jolly has until the end of
next week to submit a response.

David also has asked Jolly to apologize for calling the
StreetSafe program "a scheme."

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I don't know anything about the StreetSafe program, but I think the traffic court starting at 8:30 is a good idea. I was there last week and there were a number of people with just compliance issues who were dealt with and sent on their way accordingly and things were wrapped up by 9:30. The judges should be glad that their time is being freed up since these are generally citations that they would normally just dismiss anyway.