A friend of mine recently got pulled over for expired registration and no proof of insurance. This happened to her once before, and all she had to do was go to some office in the courthouse, show proof of insurance, and pay registration. THIS time, however, she had to actually go to court. She went to the same office she went to last time and was informed that all moving violations are now handled in the court room and in front of a judge. So, on top of paying her registration and ticket, she now has to pay court costs.
I've never had a moving violation, so it doesn't really effect me. I can see that she'll be extra careful to get her sh*t together because it was a pain to deal with, and others would be more careful too. I still think it's weird and unnecessary if the person isn't being charged with a crime. I guess I can't decide how I feel about it, lol. Does your city do this?