Memphis offers amnesty for unpaid traffic tickets - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jamel Major

Memphis offers amnesty for unpaid traffic tickets

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Mid-South drivers owe the city of Memphis millions of dollars in unpaid traffic tickets.  Now, the city is trying to get some of that money back, without penalizing the drivers.

The city of Memphis' traffic ticket amnesty program allows people with outstanding speeding tickets or moving violations that are more than 10-years-old a 50 percent discount. 

According to Memphis City Court Clerk Thomas Long, Memphis collects nearly $10,000 a month from the program.  Still, Long said, more than $22 million unpaid traffic tickets exist in Memphis.
  
"If you contract with a collection agency, they normally get 50 percent on the dollar anyway," Long said. "So if you're going to give 50 cents on the dollar to someone, I always say it's better to give it to the citizenry."

Money earned from the program goes to the treasurer's office at city hall to help operate the city.  
   
You can pay your outstanding traffic ticket at any clerk's office location:

North Precinct
3633 Old Allen Rd.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

South Precinct
791 East Raines Rd.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

East Precinct
2602 Mt. Moriah
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

West Precinct
1925 Union Ave.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Northeast Precinct
6850 Appling Farms Parkway
(I-40 and Whitten Rd north)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Central Precinct
426 Tillman
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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