ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - If you have an unpaid parking ticket in the city of St. Louis, this is the weekend you will want to take care of it. That`s because an amnesty program will let you pay it without any penalties.
This is the first time in more than a decade that St. Louis city is offering amnesty for outstanding parking tickets. A lot of people who have racked up a bunch of money in fees are expected to take advantage of it.
The savings could be substantial for parking ticket procrastinators. Normally, if a parking ticket is not paid within 45 days from the date when the ticket was issued, the driver must pay 300% of the original parking fine.
That means a $10 ticket for parking at an expired meter could wind up being $40.
But under the amnesty program, drivers only have to pay the original fine and not any penalties.
The amnesty program takes place Friday and Saturday at the America`s Center.
The hours are:
- 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday
- 9:00am to 2:00pm Saturday
You will get a voucher which can be used to pay online or in person at the Traffic Violations Bureau downtown. But you must pay your ticket before Sunday.
You can also get the vouchers at the Community Needs Expo, an event taking place Friday and Saturday also at the America`s Center.
Officials with the city treasurer`s office say you should arrive early and be ready to wait.
They expect 4,000 people to take advantage of the program. We're told some of them have accumulated thousands of dollars in fees, which will be waived.