- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Hundreds of people lined up outside a Detroit courthouse Tuesday to take advantage of a program waiving their fees on old, unpaid traffic tickets.

The crowds were for the final day of the event, which was scheduled to end Tuesday afternoon at 36th District Court downtown.

“Instead of going to the mall, we are encouraging people to take advantage of this one-time opportunity to restore their driving privileges and save hundreds of dollars on each ticket,” Chief Judge Nancy Blount said in a release. “The New Year is a time for new beginnings and we are trying to help people start the year off with a clean slate.”

That’s exactly what Rashad Morgan, 31, of Detroit was hoping to get. Morgan expected to save $200 to $300 in fees once his old tickets for driving without proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license were paid.

Morgan told the Detroit Free Press that once the tickets are taken care of he expects to be a legal driver for the first time since about 2009.

“I need my license for my kids, for my job,” he said. “I need to get around, and I’m tired of riding illegal, so here’s the chance to try and get something done.”

Melvin Percy has had to catch Ubers and rides with others to get around because he can’t drive legally due to his overdue traffic tickets.

Percy told The Detroit News that paying off the debt cost still came at a cost.

“If I wasn’t here, I’d be at work - making money instead of spending it,” he said.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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