Traffic Amnesty Increases County and State Revenue Funds
The Las Vegas Justice Court Township has completed its first Traffic Amnesty Program, which gave individuals the opportunity to resolve their unpaid traffic citations and avoid additional late fees and penalties. The Traffic Amnesty Program was officially kicked off at a press conference on November 14, 2008 and ended on February 13, 2009. During that time period, thousands of people visited the court in person, via telephone or on the Internet to pay their outstanding fines.
The Traffic Amnesty Program was very successful. Since the mailing of the notices on December 9, 2008, nearly 10,000 individuals paid outstanding fines without penalty resulting in a collection of $5,449,850.44 for Clark County and the State of Nevada. Additionally, more than 9,600 individuals established payment plans totaling $5,841,313.54 in outstanding fines. Approximately $2,400,000 in fines were cleared by Las Vegas Justice Court once individuals provided proof of payment or evidence that they were not liable for the fines because they had insurance or registration at the time of the issuance of the citations. Finally, an additional 10,000 individuals have requested traffic court dates.
“This program was a win-win for the Las Vegas Justice Court and the Las Vegas community. Our court was able to collect millions of dollars in outstanding fines and citizens were able to pay their outstanding traffic tickets without expensive late fees and penalties,” said Chief Judge Ann Zimmerman. “The majority of the revenue from the fines collected is returned to Clark County and the State of Nevada. This benefits everyone.”
With the conclusion of the Traffic Amnesty program, the court has now begun the process of issuing warrants for those individuals who did not take advantage of the program. In addition to a $25 processing fee, Las Vegas Justice Court will add a $200 warrant fee to each outstanding fine. Warrants will be served by the Las Vegas Township Constable. Las Vegas Justice Court has also contracted with an outside collection agency as an additional avenue to collecting outstanding fines. The collection agency will charge up to an additional 10.9% of the balance of the outstanding fines.