DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- An amnesty program before an announced
crackdown on old traffic violations has netted DeKalb County $1.6 million so far.
The county's Recorders Court offered amnesty to drivers during
April to help reduce a backlog of 500,000 citations from the past
Chief Judge Nelly Withers told county commissioners Tuesday the program closed up to 10,000 cases.
Ticket-holders waiting in line Friday at 5 p.m. were given
letters that allowed them to return to court this week and get the discounted rate.
Starting next week, the court will begin issuing warrants for
drivers who did not pay their old tickets.
Susan Sports, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Driver Services, says drivers get another 28 days to pay up before facing license suspensions.