D.C. ticket amnesty program calls it quits Jan. 27

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The D.C. ticket amnesty program wraps up Jan. 27 after nearly six months on the books.

Lucinda Babers, director of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, says people are rushing to make use of the program before it’s gone forever.

“This month we are being bombarded by people coming in to adjudication services,” says Babers. “We encourage everyone to continue to bum-rush us and pay up.”

The program offers anyone with a D.C. ticket issued prior to Jan. 1, 2010 the chance to pay it without the penalty of points on their license.

They can pay for parking tickets, photo-enforced tickets or moving violations.

So far, Babers says drivers have paid $3.1 million worth of tickets. She says nearly half of it comes from Maryland drivers. D.C. drivers make up about 30 percent of the total, and Virginia just 15 percent.

While Babers says she’s pleased the program is paying off tickets, it’s just a dent. Babers says there is still $233 million in unpaid tickets in the District.

Babers says if you want to take part in the amnesty program, don’t hesitate since she doesn’t know when the next program will be offered.

She says the last time the District did this, it was 2001.

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