At the discretion of the Wright County Attorney's Office, Wright County Patrol Deputies may offer traffic violators the option of attending Drive Wright in lieu of a ticket and the accompanying fines or court costs. Attending this course is a privilege, not a right.
If you have been given the opportunity to attend the Drive Wright Course, this course will provide you with an overview of the latest traffic laws and teaches experienced drivers how to be more aware and make better decisions behind the wheel.
The benefits of attending the Drive Wright course include:
- No fine to pay.
- No court appearance.
- No entry on your driving record.
- And, most importantly, improving your driving habits!
Classes are held on an ongoing basis at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, 3800 Braddock Avenue NE, Buffalo. For upcoming class dates and times, call 763-682-7958 or view courses online at www.safecommunitiesofwrightcounty.org. Preregistration is required prior to the class. Classes are two hours long and you must attend the entire two hours for credit. NO late admission will be accepted.
If you are late or fail to appear, your class fee will be forfeited and your citation will be sent to the County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. You will then be expected to pay the fine or appear in court and you will not be eligible to participate in the Drive Wright Course.
You must pre-register for the Drive Wright class within ten business days of receiving the citation. If you have not registered within ten business days, you have forfeited your opportunity to attend the class. There are two ways to register:
1. Online registration is available at www.safecommunitiesofwrightcounty.org. You will need the traffic citation issued and a major credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
2. In person registration is taken at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center, 3800 Braddock Avenue in Buffalo. Sheriff's Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday -Friday, open until 6:00pm on Thursdays. Closed on holidays. When registering, please bring the issued traffic citation, your driver’s license and the course registration fee of $75 in cash, no checks accepted.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What if I cannot get to the Sheriff’s Office to register?
Any person may register you for the Drive Wright course. They will need the traffic citation issued and $75 in cash. You may also register online at www.safecommunitiesofwrightcounty.org.
- Can I transfer to another date after I have registered for a class?
We discourage transfering courses, but if you need to reschedule we can do a one-time transfer to another course, however you will be charged a $20.00 transfer fee.
- How long do I have to sign up?
You must register for the class within 10 business days of receiving the citation and attend the course within 30 days. If all of the classes in your 30-day window are full, you may register for any active class that is posted on the website.
- I did not receive a Drive Wright citation, how do I get into this class?
Participation in the Drive Wright course is at the discretion of the Wright County Attorney's Office. If you did not receive a Drive Wright citation at the time of violation, you are not eligible for the course.
- Is this class required?
This course is not a requirement. You have the option of paying your citation in full or going through the Wright County Court process.
Proceeds from the Drive Wright class benefit several community initiatives in Wright County including Safe Communities of Wright County, MEADA and teen drug prevention.
The Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition of Wright County was formed in January, 2004 to educate youth, families, and citizens on the dangers of methamphetamine and other drugs. In the past ten years, more than 100 meth labs were seized in Wright County costing taxpayers nearly a half million dollars.
WRIGHT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
The Wright County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the community, is committed to improving our quality of life and dedicated to maintaining order, protecting life and property, reducing the fear of crime, and ensuring a safe and secure correctional facility.
SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WRIGHT COUNTY
Safe Communities of Wright County (SCWC) is a collaborative effort focused on reducing traffic crashes through data-driven safety education and prevention. Since its inception in 1997, SCWC has seen the fatal and severe injury crashes reduced by 34 percent in Wright County.