Traffic ticket amnesty program starts

Amanda Finnegan
Las Vegas Township Justice Court Chief Justice Douglas Smith (left) and Constable Robert Gronauer announced an amnesty program for individuals with outstanding traffic tickets Friday morning. The program will run Nov. 7 until Feb. 6, 2009.

By Amanda Finnegan
Fri, Nov 14, 2008 (12:33 p.m.)
The Las Vegas Township Justice Court will offer amnesty to individuals with unpaid traffic tickets beginning Monday the court announced today.
Individuals who pay their unpaid tickets during the amnesty period will not be subject to additional fees or arrest.
“We are offering amnesty to anyone who wants to come in and clear up an outstanding ticket or warrant with no additional penalties,” Chief Justice Douglas Smith said. “Once amnesty is over you risk additional fines, a mark on your credit report, or even arrest if you fail to take advantage of it.”
The amnesty program will run until Feb. 6, 2009, after which the court will issues warrants for all unpaid traffic tickets. The court currently does not issue warrants for outstanding traffic tickets.
The program excludes municipal court tickets.
Presently, there are 200,000 outstanding traffic tickets in Las Vegas, totaling $1.35 million, Smith said.
“We’re starting to thinking outside of the box. There had been some discussion of getting our marshals geared up to issue warrants but it wouldn’t be cost affective,” Smith said.
The Las Vegas Township Constable’s office, Metro Police and other local law enforcement agencies will be partnering with the court to issue warrants after Feb. 6.
Beginning Monday, the court will begin making phone calls and sending postcards to individuals with unpaid tickets.