Guilford County residents can skip court for minor traffic violations by visiting this website

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A trip to court can be a hassle for folks working the nine to five, including OJ Gray.

"I live in Lexington, so it's like traveling all the way back to Davidson County to pay that," Gray said, while outside his workplace in High Point.

But a new online program can save you the trip if you're dealing with minor traffic violations. "Electronic Compliance and Dismissal" is run through the North Carolina Court System and is available for Guilford County residents this week.

If you have a driver's license, registration or inspection violations and you pay for it, you can have it dismissed online. It's a relief to people like Gray, who says the courts are often packed with traffic violations. The Guilford County District Attorney's office agrees, saying 212,000 of these types of tickets were complied with statewide in 2015.

"By paying off a ticket in advance, you are thereby pleading guilty as charged," said Quin Schoch, an attorney based in High Point. He says his clients often deal with these violations.

"They assume once they've corrected their registration or inspection problem the case would be dismissed automatically," Schoch said. "A lot of people have not understood that they needed to go to court to show that proof."

He calls the program a step in the right direction, and says it should free up the court system to deal with more serious issues.

The system will be implemented statewide on July 18.

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