Traffic Diversion Program
Welcome to the Traffic Diversion Program of Columbus City Attorney,
Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. Here you can learn about the Traffic Diversion
Program’s goals and the details of the program.
Questions or Comments
The Columbus City Attorney’s Traffic Diversion Program is part of an
ongoing effort to provide efficient and just service to the residents of the
City of Columbus. Accordingly, the Traffic Diversion Program’s main goals are
The Traffic Diversion Program is a valuable tool in Columbus City Attorney
Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr.’s ongoing efforts to serve the City of
Columbus with initiatives designed to protect the public, promote lawful
conduct, and reduce inefficiency in the criminal justice system without
decreasing services to Columbus residents. If you have any questions about this
Program, please click
If you meet the below listed eligibility requirements, you
are not automatically enrolled in the Traffic Diversion
Program. You must appear in traffic
arraignment court on the date specified on your ticket and be approved for
enrollment by Prosecutor Division personnel.
In order to be eligible for the Traffic Diversion program, you must meet the
“Eligible offense” includes
most Minor Misdemeanor moving violations, but specifically excludes offenses
such as: Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, offenses committed in a school
or construction zone as defined by statute, Failure to Yield to an Emergency or
School vehicle, cases involving accidents, and offenses deemed to be severe
infractions. “Eligible offenses” also includes certain
Operating Without a License and Driving Under Suspension Charges, but
specifically excludes offenses such as: driving under a repeat offender
suspension, driving under an OVI or ALS suspension (related to drunk driving),
and driving under a drug suspension.
“Satisfactory traffic and criminal
record” means that you currently have no more than two moving
violation in the past 2 years on your traffic record.
Additionally, you must have no prior convictions for serious traffic offenses
involving drunk driving, hit-skip, fleeing or eluding, failure to obey the order
of an officer, vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide. Additionally, you
may not be eligible if your driving record indicates that you are a repeat
offender for the offense you are seeking to divert. Prior felony arrests,
convictions or offenses of violence or multiple prior criminal convictions may
also disqualify you.
current proof of insurance”
means that you did not have insurance at the time of the offense, but that you
are able to purchase and prepay for six months of insurance means that you did
not have insurance at the time of the offense, but that you are able to purchase
and prepay for six months of insurance on your vehicle. In order to demonstrate
your current proof of insurance, you must bring with you your insurance card
indicating at least three months of coverage, and a certified letter from your
insurance agent indicating that your insurance has been pre-paid for three
If you have any questions about the specific details of our program, please
Division Law Clerk
or, in the alternative, if your question has not been answered by the law clerk
you may contact
R. Tobias, Appellate Unit Director.
If you successfully complete the Traffic Diversion Program, the charge against
you will be dismissed upon payment of court costs and the non-refundable
administrative fee. No offense information will be reported to the Bureau of
Motor Vehicles, and no points will be assessed against your license.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
If you have any questions or comments regarding the Traffic Diversion Program,
please see one of the following:
All requests by media or community organizations,
as well as any general comments about the program should be
C. Pfeiffer, Jr., Columbus City Attorney or
S. Tobias, Prosecution Resources Unit Director.
If you have questions about your eligibility for the program or
if you have already entered the program and have a specific
question, please contact a
Division Law Clerk, or, in the alternative, if your question has
not been answered by the law clerk you may contact
R. Tobias, Appellate Unit Director.