Unpaid parking tickets? St. Louis to offer amnesty this weekend

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 6:50 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Drivers who have unpaid parking tickets in St. Louis can now pay off their fines without a penalty. For the first time in more than a decade, St. Louis is offering amnesty for outstanding tickets.

The program allows drivers to pay only the original fine, and not the penalty.

"We've giving everyone an opportunity to wipe the slate clean," Andres Broussard of the City Treasurer's office said.

The savings could be big for procrastinators. If a parking ticket is not received within 45 days from the date the ticket was issued, the driver must pay 300% of the original parking violation fine. That means a $10 ticket for parking at an expired meter could wind up being $40.

Broussard said many drivers stand to benefit from the program.

"Over 10,000, I'm sure," he said.

Drivers interested in the Amnesty program can come to the America's Center May 11-12, or the Community Needs Expo. The hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. Drivers will be presented a voucher. The voucher can be paid online, or in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau downtown. The tickets must be paid before Sunday, May 13, Broussard said.

Broussard said drivers should arrive early and be prepared to wait. He predicts 4,000 people will take advantage of the program, including some who have racked fees in the thousands of dollars.

"One guy I spoke to, yesterday, he has $1,040 in parking tickets. His original fines came out to $210," he said.

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