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Florida Court Clerks to give traffic offenders a break April 18

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For one day only, Clerks of Court across Florida will be giving traffic violators a break.

Operation Green Light is a statewide program where many of the state’s Court Clerks will accept overdue traffic tickets, criminal fines and fees, without charging the normal collection agency fees of up to 40 percent.

This single-day amnesty event is Saturday, April 18, allowing customers to reinstate suspended driver’s licenses once paid in full. This program will help offenders prevent license suspension, a serious crime in Florida that could lead to felony charges and jail time.

“Operation Green Light, with the participation of Clerks in 62 counties, brings relief to citizens who have incurred overdue fines and fees and helps them to drive legally again,” said Clerk Tara Green of Clay County, the coordinator of the event.

Clerks will discount collection fees, but late fees and interest will not be waived. For example, for those facing a $206 ticket for going 10-15 mph over the speed limit, they will save $82.40 in collections fees.

“Since 2010, state revenues have not met the budgetary needs of Florida’s Clerks of Court,” said Clerk Sharon R. Bock, chair of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC). This prompted us to seek an innovative solution to enhance collections efforts.”

CCOC represents Clerks of Court in all 67 counties, reviewing and certifying court-related proposed budgets.

“Through this innovative program, Florida’s Clerks of Court have become a conduit to assist the public,” said Joseph E. Smith, president of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers.  “Across the state, Operation Green Light will empower thousands of citizens to pay their outstanding tickets and restore their driving privileges – all without having to pay the statutory collection surcharge.”

A complete list of participating Clerk’s offices is at www.flccoc.org/ogl. Hours and locations will vary by county.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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