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In an effort to collect on outstanding ticket revenue, the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency is offering a Random Act of Kindness Traffic and Parking Ticket Amnesty Program. According to NBC New York, people who pay their tickets between February 22, 2016 and May 22, 2016 will received reduced fines and fees.

Under the amnesty program, individuals who received traffic tickets in Nassau County between 1982 and the end of 2013 will have their original fine cut in half, and the county will waive all fees and penalties. Nassau County advises that tickets that did not require an appearance can be paid online. These include tickets for red light violations, failures to signal, failures to stop at a stop sign and unregistered vehicles. Other types of offenses, such as speeding violations, improper plates and driving without a license require a court appearance. People who received violations with a mandatory traffic appearance are eligible to appear in court for a conference and negotiate a settlement. Eligbile candidates will be notified by telephone or mail of the reduced ticket amounts.

In addition, any tickets paid during the amnesty period will not have an effect on the violator's credit. Traffic tickets and parking tickets normally will not affect your credit as long as they are paid on time. Once the ticket amount becomes outstanding, however, it may be turned over to a collection agency.

Nassau County currently has approximately 572,000 outstanding tickets, totaling $119 million. A similar amnesty program was enacted by the county in 2011 but only brought in $150,000.

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