PENDER COUNTY -- Pender County court administrators had a record-breaking day Wednesday. It took prosecutors just one hour to handle more than 1,000 minor traffic violation cases. Many of the cases involved infractions like speeding, driving without a license or not having a registration. Violators had the option of fighting their case or taking a four hour driving course. If they take the course, no points will be added to their license, and their insurance won't be affected. Al Hammond got a speeding ticket and gladly accepted driving school. Hammond said, "I was going to ask for preferred judgment, anything to keep points off my license. I was going to beg, I even bought blueberries, fresh-picked hoping that would help." District Attorney Ben David says the program to get minor traffic cases through court quicker started only a couple of months ago. David says one major benefit of the new system is that it keeps officers on the streets where they can answer calls, instead of them being stuck in the courtroom.
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