Take advantage of city’s Amnesty Day

Published 10:27 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It’s not often law-breakers are given the chance to be forgiven, but that’s just what’s taking place today in Troy’s municipal court.

Individuals who are facing warrants due to unpaid parking fines or traffic violations are being granted an amnesty of sorts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

During that time frame, court leaders have decided to waive the outstanding warrants and will enforce only the outstanding traffic or parking fines. That means if you’ve received a parking ticket and failed to pay the fine, or a speeding ticket and failed to pay the fine, now is the day to do so.

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Because, whether you realize it or not, failing to pay those fines results in an arrest warrant being issues against you, officials say.

The amnesty program is modeled after a successful program in Montgomery. Court officials are hopeful many of the individuals with outstanding tickets or violations will take advantage of the generosity and grace offered by the amnesty day and come into Troy Municipal Court to pay their fines.

To do so, individuals need only bring money for the outstanding fine amount. Officials recommend bringing at least $100 and, because fines can be steep, officials are allowing individuals to make a partial payment to get on track to settling their fines.

It truly is a generous offer.

We encourage anyone with an outstanding traffic or parking ticket to take advantage of Troy Municipal Court’s Amnesty Day and “get right” with the law.