GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A 61st District Court program to waive overdue parking and traffic ticket fines was a success, officials say.
The court, which handles cases from within the City of Grand Rapids, saw a 29% increase in payments for ordinance parking violations (like those received at parking meters) and a 4% increase in payments for statutory parking violations (like handicap parking violations).
The court collected $45,587 more during the 90-day time period this year than it did in the same time period in 2012.
The program, which waived a $40-per-case default fee if offenders paid their fine in full, ended Oct. 1. Its goal was to recover as much money in unpaid ticket fines as possible.
The City of Grand Rapids was owed about $1.9 million in unpaid tickets when the program was put into effect. At the time, the 61st District Court administrator told 24 Hour News 8 he would be "ecstatic" if even 5% of that was recouped.
Court officials say the more than $45,500 is money they may not have otherwise collected, and are calling the fee waiver program a success.
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