N.J. Lawmakers Approve Bill Giving Amnesty Period For Drivers To Pay Fines Without Interest

PD enforcing on riverNew Jersey lawmakers voted today to use a carrot-and-stick approach to entice problem drivers to pay their fines. For 60 days, drivers may fork over any overdue payment in full without interest or collection fees. But after that time period, the state will impose an additional 5 percent fine. That window of opportunity will open 60 days after the bill is signed by the governor, where it now goes for final approval. The bill (A4155) passed unanimously in the Senate last June. Supporters hope drivers eager to avoid late fees will pay what they owe, turning over an estimated $17 million to the state.

“A program like this could also help many drivers, especially those with lower incomes, who simply cannot afford the fees and penalties that come with these motor vehicle surcharges,” said Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer), one of the sponsors. “The state would never see that money unless we offer a program like this one.”

Nobody caught driving drunk or refusing to have their blood alcohol level tested will be eligible for the amnesty program. Star Ledger.

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