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Tacoma Municipal Court offers a break to suspended drivers

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
April 29, 2009 4:29 pm

The Tacoma Municipal Court is offering to work with its collection agency to waive interest charges and a portion of collection costs for people with outstanding criminal and traffic parking tickets and fines.

The offer, good during May and June, is intended to help people regain their driver’s licenses after the license has been revoked because of unpaid fines and fees, city officials said.

“Public safety is improved when drivers are licensed and insured,” Presiding Judge David Ladenburg said in a statement.

Drivers with outstanding tickets or fines may contact the court’s collection agency, NCO Financial Systems, Inc., at 1-888-289-0907. The offer applies from May 1 through June 30.

Once the tickets are paid in full, the court will notify the state Department of Licensing that an individual’s driving record is clear, making it possible to obtain a valid driver’s license 48 hours later.

More than 100 courts throughout the state are participating in similar debt reduction programs. A list of the courts is available at www.courts.wa.gov

Tacoma last made a debt-reduction offer in 2005, said Yvonne Pettus, Tacoma Municipal Court administrator.

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