Washington court to offer amnesty on outstanding tickets

(Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/)

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state court has announced plans to help residents clear some of their accumulating debt from outstanding fines.

The Kitsap Sun reported Monday that the Bremerton Municipal Court has scheduled an amnesty for interest and collection fees on unpaid fines starting Sept. 3.

Court officials say residents are expected to pay the underlying fine or late fee.

Officials say the city’s court handles traffic-related tickets and low-level crimes like drunken driving and misdemeanor assault, and debt can prevent residents from receiving their driver’s license.

Officials say outstanding debt owed to the court is about $9 million, but collection rates are low.

Officials say contacting the court is the best way to start the process.

Court officials say the amnesty is expected to extend into the first week of October.