- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati’s offer of amnesty to parking ticket scofflaws in exchange for a reduced fine and 10 cans of food has proven to be a success.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1wnu98P ) reports that 282 people participated in the five-day program that ended Dec. 19. It raised nearly $13,000 for the city and nearly 3,500 cans of food for the Freestore Foodbank. About 4,500 people were eligible for the amnesty program. Unpaid tickets from 2014 will be sent to a collection agency at the end of the year.

Mayor John Cranley opposed the initial proposal made by two City Council members because it did not require scofflaws to pay cash. The revised plan called for people to pay the $45 ticket’s face value instead of the double fine imposed after seven days.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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