Car owners who have been dodging paying parking tickets in the Town of Southampton are about to catch a break.
The town board approved a resolution last week, initiated by its town justice court, to authorize an amnesty program for all parking tickets issued between June 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011.
The amnesty program would allow the ticket-getter to pay the original fine, and outstanding late-fee penalties would be forgiven. A $5 fee also would be assessed.
Notices will go out to those with outstanding tickets, informing them they have 30 days to pay the fines.
The purpose of the program is to get the fines paid up, bringing more money into justice court coffers while giving those with past-due tickets a chance to pay up without the accumulated fees.
Hundreds of parking tickets are outstanding, Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said.
“It gives us the hope of recouping some of the money, and getting it off the dockets, and off the desk of administrators,” she said.
Below: Southampton Town Hall