Soon, paying a parking ticket may no longer require a trip to Lubbock Municipal Court. Thursday, the City Council is set to vote on two resolutions that would make it possible to pay some fines online. It is a move to increase efficiency and ease, but that convenience will come at a cost.
Get caught parking illegally or driving too fast in the Hub City and you likely will end up at Lubbock Municipal Court. A place Deborah Zulli has visited more than once.
Zulli says she got a speeding ticket. "I paid it before. I just turned in my Defensive Driving certificate," Zulli explained.
If the City Council approves a new internet payment program Thursday, those like Zulli will soon be able to pay tickets online.
"We'll be in a position to put the parking tickets back online and hopefully within the next few months after we'll be able to extend that to all other types of tickets that we deal with here," Lubbock Municipal Court Presiding Judge Robert Doty said.
Doty says, in 2006 the court installed a new software system, which cut off internet payments.
"We did not have the capability of doing it initially. We are now putting the pieces back into place so we can do it with the new software system," Doty explained.
It is a new system, which is funded through municipal court tickets fees. However, using that system will cost you.
"A $1.50 fee that will allow the citizens to access our system to see what tickets they owe, what tickets they have outstanding and how much they are." saild Doty.
Judge Doty says it is a new program that should cut down on lines.
"If there was no hassle and a lot of hoops to jump through, you know the process you had to actually go through to pay it, I'd pay it online," Zulli said.
If approved you should be able to pay parking tickets online in the next couple of weeks. More than 40,000 parking tickets are issued each year, which cost anywhere from $8 to $250.
However, this is not the only technology upgrade slated for Lubbock Municipal Court. We have learned an over the phone payment program is also in the works.
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