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Pay past due fines in Gulfport without penalties today through March 28

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Do you have a past due speeding ticket, court costs or warrants? You can begin 2013 with a clean slate. The City of Gulfport is starting their amnesty program today until Thursday, March 28. It's a way to get traffic fines, court costs or warrants off your record.

"People doing what they need to do and they end up with some pretty severe penalties if they go in before or after the program. With this program there are no questions asked. They can get up on their life. If we turn their fines over to a collector that means more fines they have to pay," Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel said. "Its' illegal not to pay their fine."

During the amnesty program, those involved with traffic and some misdemeanor cases can pay past due penalties and court costs without worrying about the penalties. The city waives past due penalties, capias warrants will be set aside and no arrests will be made, driver's license suspensions will be released and reduces fines for driving citation corrections.

According to the City of Gulfport, those involved with misdemeanor cases including, DUI, domestic violence or shoplifting can volunteer to appear with their active warrant. They must desire to plea and resolve the matter. Their warrant will be processed and served at court. The court will hear and dispose of the case.

Anyone appearing in court should bring a valid driver's license or picture I.D. Plus their ticket or court documents, if possible.

City of Gulfport Chief Financial Officer Mike Necaise said, around $14 million is owed in outstanding unpaid fines.

"The police department will come out in full force for those who have not taken advantage of the amnesty program. So we're trying to get very aggressive on getting people to pay fines. But after this period of time we're going to get aggressive with law enforcement," Necaise explained.

The City of Gulfport will accept cash, personal check (approved by Telecheck), cashier's check, money order (payable to the Gulfport Municipal Court), credit car (via authorization form) http://www.citationpayments.com.

After hours payments, there is a drop box outside of the Gulfport Municipal Courthouse located at 2218 15th Street for checks or money orders only.

For more information call 228-868-5855.

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