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Drivers with an old Youngstown unpaid parking ticket are being offered some amnesty for the violation.
Starting Monday through Saturday drivers will have the chance to clear their records and pay the minimum amount on their fines. All past due penalties will be waived and fines will be $10 per violation. After the amnesty program ends, fines will revert back to the imposed fine and penalties totaling $30.
The city clerk’s office is initiating a new parking violation bureau that will mete out new, tougher punishments for those who do not pay what they owe.
“I do want to say that we’ve tried to put the word out there far enough in advance so people can garner their resources, the necessary resources, because some of them have stiff fines,” said Youngstown Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark.
Brown-Clark said the city has so many delinquent tickets that just those owing more than $500 account for about $200,000 in overdue fines.
Under the new system, repeat offenders could have their vehicles towed or have special “boot” devises attached to their tires to prevent motorists from driving.
All fines must be paid by the May 4 deadline. Forms of payment include credit card, cash, or money order. No personal checks will be accepted and no payment arrangements will be made.
Violators can pay in person, online, by phone, and via mail:
- In person: Parking Division, 2nd Floor City Hall, 26, Phelps St., Youngstown. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- By Mail: Youngstown Municipal Court, Parking Ticker Division, P.O. Box 4067, Youngstown, Ohio 44501
- Online: www.youngstownmuniclerk.com
- By Phone: 330-742-8846 or 330-742-8847