MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s commissioner of Public Safety says civil traffic tickets are public records from the time state police troopers issue them, even if they contain the name of a juvenile.

The determination last week by Commissioner Thomas Anderson overturned attempts by the state police, which he oversees, to keep secret details of an Aug. 7 traffic ticket issued to a 16-year-old driver.

The police press about the Interstate 91 stop did not contain the name of the driver, noting the driver received a juvenile criminal citation and civil ticket.

The Burlington Free Press ( reports freelance journalist Mike Donoghue asked for a copy of the ticket. His request was denied because it was part of a criminal investigation.

Anderson ruled the Public Records Act does not exempt civil tickets from disclosure.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press,

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