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Legal battle over Wabasha County's Safe Driving Class program


WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A legal squabble over Wabasha County's Safe Driving Class program, which clears drivers traffic violations, came to a boil Tuesday before Judge James Fabian.

Since last year's election, county board members who lost have fought with those who won.

The latest battle is a group of citizens and county officials who have been battling Sheriff Rodney Bartsh and Wabasha County. The group of citizens argues it's not lawful for fees paid for the Safe Driving Class to be used for law enforcement purposes.

The sheriff said otherwise, and he notes that since it began, fatalities and citations are down, and 4,500 people have taken the two-hour class that allows their minor traffic violations to be cleared.

Lawyers made their arguments Tuesday, and Judge Fabian promised a ruling within 90 days.


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