Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ask Caltrans: Can I complete court-ordered community service with Caltrans?


Community service workers (orange helmets) helping a
Caltrans landscape crew on I-210 near Altadena (white helmets).
Yes! Not only will you fulfill your court ordered community service requirement, you'll also be helping to keep our freeway system clean. The first step is to contact one of the County of Los Angeles Community Service Program offices. They'll tell you everything you need to know to get started. You'll find the office phone numbers in your court paperwork, or you can contact the court and they'll point you in the right direction.

Keep in mind that you'll need to keep track of your paperwork and hours so you'll be able to show the court that you've completed your service. Caltrans does not have the authority to extend your time to complete your required hours or change the location of your assignment.  Also, you'll have to wear appropriate clothes (we're very strict about this — you'll receive details when you sign up), an orange helmet and, yes, you may get dirty. Working on the freeway isn't easy.

If you have questions, call the court or one of the Community Service Program offices.