Can I have a trial on the date listed on my traffic citation?

The court date listed on a traffic citation is an appearance date, not a trial date.  If would like to have trial then you need to appear in court on the date listed on your traffic citation and when your case is called the judge will ask how you want to plead.  If you plead "not guilty" or advise the judge that you want a trial, then a trial date will be scheduled by the court for an upcoming Wednesday morning.