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$1M in Raleigh Parking Tickets Unpaid in 2006

Posted June 27, 2007
Updated June 28, 2007

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— You get a ticket, you pay the fine ... right? That’s not always the case in Raleigh.

Drivers have racked up a little more than $1 million in unpaid parking tickets from 2006 alone.

“Most of mine are time related,” said Kim Beasley, who owes several hundred dollars in parking tickets.

She works downtown and often gets hit when her time expires. Beasley said she has probably paid more than $1,000 in tickets in the last five years.

Every year, thousands of parking tickets end up on vehicles in Raleigh. Of the 84,000 written last year, about 30,000 remain unpaid.

WRAL looked through city records and found plenty of people who owed in the triple digits. One license plate has more than $1,200 in fines.

Late fees aren’t cheap. WRAL found people with $250 in tickets who now owe $672.

The total amount for unpaid tickets was originally worth about $500,000 dollars. The amount due doubles will all those late charges.

Unpaid tickets are piling up because the city doesn't currently have a collection agency going after people. In November 2005, the city hired Central Parking System of Raleigh to take parking tickets.

When information was passed from the old company to the new one, City Manager Russell Allen said there were problems verifying tickets that were marked unpaid. He said some of the tickets that were marked unpaid had actually been settled.

Until the files could be updated, the city decided to call off the collection agency. Allen said the city is very close to having a collection agency back on board, but no one is getting a free pass.

“It’s not lost revenue or a lost opportunity, it’s certainly later than we would like for it to be,” Allen said.

For now, the city has a method to stop cars in their tracks. Anyone who has three or more tickets that are 90 days past due gets a boot until they pay up.

To date there are 5,766 cars in that category. Last year, the city was able to collect about $690,000 from parking tickets.

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  • mindyourown Jun 29, 2007

    NCmomof3, excellent point and you hit the nail on the head, don't do the crime if you can't pay fine!!!!!!!!!!

  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 29, 2007

    We could use what is currently called A speed pass/you purchase A simple license downtown to park an when A meter maid looks at your car they would be A tag hanging on the mirrow with A number all they do is run the number to see if your up to date on your parking dues an the city should have flat rate parking for people who work downtown an handicap priveledges Ithink this would help.if you dont pay your parking fee's you get ticketed an if you dont pay it'goes on your credit report asap

  • TheWayISeeIt Jun 29, 2007

    So why do these metermaids have jobs if what they do is useless? Isn't it a waste of money to pay them if there's no revenue from the tickets? Is the money from the tickets that people pay more than what is owed for over-due fines?

  • darkness Jun 28, 2007

    we pay more in taxes then most states. i say kiss my on the parking tickets. and its the principle of the thing ncmom

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jun 28, 2007

    Last time i got a ticket in downtown Raleigh (2-3 years ago), it was just $6.
    That was actually cheaper than if I had parked in the parking deck!

    How much is a ticket downtown now???

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jun 28, 2007

    Dear Mayor Meeker,
    It's obvious that most people are too stupid to find the well hidden free parking places in downtown Raleigh. And most people are not rich enough to easily afford $9 a day parking.

    So, if your plan is to woo only the intelligent and/or rich crowd to downtown, then, well, you're actually doing a pretty good job there. Keep up the elitism!

  • 68_polara Jun 28, 2007

    It's simple, if parking isn't convenient and free I move on and I spend my dollars elsewhere.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 28, 2007

    I avoid the entire parking ticket issue by not going to downtown Raleigh. Hey Meeker, want some more business downtown remove the meters

  • Historians 12th Jun 28, 2007

    This could be eliminated if they would attach unpaid citations to your DMV account like they do unpaid property tax, no pay, no renewal!

  • NCMOMof3 Jun 28, 2007

    ok, americanpatriot, if you can't pay the ticket, don't get one. Same principle as what I tell my teenage son. If you can't afford the speeding ticket, don't speed.

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