The Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency and Suffolk County Legislator Doc Spencer (D-Huntington) today announced an amnesty program that will waive all late fees and penalties for moving violations, parking tickets, and red light camera citations. The amnesty program will run from December 5, 2018 through February 20, 2019, after which time offenders’ vehicles with multiple outstanding fines will be subject to booting and towing.
“An amnesty program just makes good sense,” said Suffolk County Legislator Doc Spencer. “There is a way we can administer the program that prioritizes the safety of our roadways and provide an opportunity for drivers to come up to date with any outstanding violations. Administrative costs and late fees can often make it impossible for some to clear their record and the amnesty will help to meet them half-way.”
Paul Margiotta, Executive Director of Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency, said: “The amnesty period will provide significant relief to individuals that face a costly accrual of late fees or penalties. I encourage residents to rectify their outstanding balances before this window period closes and they face possible enforcement action for outstanding dues.”
Amnesty will apply to Red Light Camera Safety Program citations, as well as those with moving violations and parking tickets. It will not apply to cases where a judge has suspended the driver’s registration/privilege to register a motor vehicle in New York State or cases in which a hearing for suspension is pending. The program will also apply to moving violations, including those which may have been pled to parking tickets.
Following the amnesty program, offenders’ vehicles with multiple outstanding fines are be subject to booting and/or towing. Parking tickets with an existing judgment on said ticket will be eligible for amnesty as well. For Red Light Camera citations with an existing judgment but not with a suspended registration or pending suspension hearing, the TPVA will waive late fees of $25.
Those interested in taking advantage of the amnesty program can visit Suffolk County Traffic Court in the H. Lee Dennison Building, located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, in Hauppauge, before February 20, 2019. For any questions, please call 866-637-0008 between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except during the holidays.