Simply avoiding tickets or citations doesn’t mean the money you owe will go away.
According to the Clay County Clerk’s Office, last year they received over a 1,000 tickets and citations alone.
However, most tickets and citation are over 20 years old.
The tickets that fill the drawers and filing cabinets are unpaid, and Clay County Prosecutor Robert Pell says the reason the majority of people don’t pay them is because of forgetfulness or just being plain irresponsible.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t excuse violators from paying their fines.
“You just can’t ignore it, you’ve got to address it. You either gotta pay it or you have to ask a judge for a hearing if you think it is wrong, and come in and make the state prove it’s case,” said Prosecutor Pell.
The Clay County Prosecutor expressed if people are unsure of what they owe or to check if they even have a ticket or citation, they should check with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. To see what exactly is going on, and then follow up with Clay Superior Court.