ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A two-day event at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis is giving drivers with outstanding parking tickets a chance to pay only the original amount on the tickets without a late penalty.
With Friday’s amnesty program ending for the day, drivers will only have from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to take advantage of the program.
People who show up will have to pay $10 to take part. Once in, they’ll be handed a voucher that can be paid online or in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau downtown. The vouchers must be paid before Sunday.
Over the course of the weekend, the city treasurer’s office predicts 4,000 people will utilize the program.
The savings could be big for procrastinators. In St. Louis, if a parking ticket is not paid within 45 days of the date it was issued, the driver has to pay 300 percent of the original violation. Because of that, some are expected to save hundreds of dollars.
“It’s never been done before, but it has to be done,” said Gary Boyd with the Community Needs Expo. “Because this is an opportunity to say, you know what, we know people need a relief. And people are having hard economic times.”