Have you ever driven down IH-35 from Dallas to Austin and noticed the bright flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror? Know that you are not alone. The stretch of IH-35 that runs through Italy is most definitely a money maker for Italy Municipal Court and Ellis County. Italy Municipal Court has approved Defensive Driving Texas to be the online defensive driving course provider to dismiss speeding and traffic tickets received within the city.
Good news is that if you were not driving 25mph over the posted speed limit, you could be eligible for defensive driving. From personal experience, Italy does allow drivers to complete the 6 hour, $25 driver safety course to dismiss a moving traffic violation and avoid additional points on your driving record.
My personal experience was great. Really bummed I received a speeding ticket, but I was speeding… Italy Municipal court does require you to submit a request for approval from the judge or court officer in order to take a driver safety course for ticket dismissal purposes. Along with the request for defensive driving the court does require administrative fees around $100 and a no contest plea.
From my experience, I was happy to pay the $100 in addition to the $25 defensive driving course fee instead of $350+ for my speeding ticket. Italy Municipal Court fees can be paid in person, by mail and over the phone which makes this wonderful process a bit easier.
Italy Municipal Court
Italy Municipal Court (Physical)
101 West Main Street
Italy, TX 76651
Italy Municipal Court (Mailing)
PO BOX 840
Italy, TX 76651
Phone: (972) 483-7329 Ext 106
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm