PACIFIC COUNTY - In an effort to help citizens regain their driving licenses, South District Court for Pacific County is offering a "collection amnesty program" throughout the month of May.

Designed to help those with outstanding traffic tickets and fines, the court and their collection agency have agreed to waive interest and 40 percent of collection costs. For those paying by credit card an additional $25 will be added to the balance owed.

"Everyone has financial problems at some time or another, particularly in light of the state of the economy," said Judge Douglas E. Goelz. "We hope this program will allow citizens within our district to remedy their fines, and regain their driving privileges."

The court is offering the 30-day program during the month of May. Those with outstanding tickets or fines should call 642-9417 extension 2517. Clerks will also be able to provide names of other courts where fines may be outstanding.

Once tickets are paid in full and reported to the court, the Department of Licensing will be notified and citizens will be able to obtain a valid driver's license.

For a full listing of courts participating, visit (www.courts.wa.gov).

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