City of Tulsa offering amnesty for parking tickets

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Updated: 1/16 3:28 pm Published: 1/09 4:17 pm

The city of Tulsa said it has more than 19,000 unpaid parking tickets from the past three years.

The municipal court is going to give those drivers a little bit of a break to encourage them to get paid up. From Jan. 17 through Feb. 7 people can pay tickets without having to pay any late fees or court costs.

FOX23's Ian Silver found out some of the worst repeat offenders are around City Hall, where not paying a meter is a $15 fine.

FOX23 found the city is owed close to $1 million in fines, but can't afford the resources to force people to pay up.

"I think it's just, people just don't care anymore," said Dan Homes, a Tulsa resident and disabled veteran. "It's your civic responsibility to pay your parking fees."

Emily Robinson, a Tulsan, said she thinks people don't pay the tickets because they don't think they should have to pay for parking in the first place.

"Maybe 50/50. I definitely pay mine if I get it," she said.

FOX23 found slightly more than half pay their tickets.

Between not paying meters, and parking in handicapped or loading zones, some continue to get ticketed over and over.

"One that has 106 violations, another one that has 97, and there are quite a few that have a dozen or more," said Bob Bledsoe with the city of Tulsa.

But with only one meter maid in downtown Tulsa, the city hasn't had the resources to force people to pay.

"Our legal department and our municipal courts have looked into other methods, liens and that sort of thing. But right now I don't know of any particular legal vehicle we have other than towing and booting," said Bledsoe.

But in 2009, they tried offering amnesty from fees.

"I don't know that most of them did. There were significant amounts that were paid, yes," he said.

But Holmes isn't confident it will help much these days.

"My guess: maybe 5 to 10 percent of the people show up," said Holmes.

The city is going to start enforcing more aggressively, though. After the amnesty period ends, the city will start booting and towing anybody with more than one outstanding parking ticket.

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bsginns - 1/16/2014 7:26 PM
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Since our jail is always overcrowded (&especially lately) and both City & County is desperately needing money, its totally ridiculous they dont hold an amnesty asap for people with warrants for not being rich (a.k.a. failure to pay misdemeanor charges)! The city got ALOT of revenue in the last time they had one and it has been a LONG time since County got smart enough to. Our jail would be ALOT less crowded, less good working people would take the chance of losing their jobs & support for their family (due to their name being ran &going to jail for not having $ to pay the ungodly amounts quick enough), and the County & City could have alot more $ to waste! Instead they do it for parking tickets only (so for only people who work in downtown offices/bldgs mainly). Geniuses!

Mayor Maynot - 1/9/2014 10:22 PM
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Get them into a fifty percent off payment ride in vans with county sheriffs pick up trash by the highway.
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