Hundreds Bypass Parking Ticket Fines

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A $5 parking ticket is nothing urgent for many people, but police in one local city said people not paying is a problem.

In Staunton, if you don't pay the meter and receive a ticket, you have 20 days to pay your ticket; however, hundreds of people each year do not pay and and have to go to court.

Staunton police said nearly 400 people went to court over parking tickets last year.

Officer Jennifer Stevens with the Staunton Police Department said even having to pay court costs doesn't stop a lot of people.

"And even then, the $66 doesn't seem to always cure the problem either. So I'm not really sure what we could do to make it better. I don't know if it's just the fact that it is so small that it's not taken as seriously, or what the fault is there for why they're not getting paid."

Stevens said if you don't pay once the courts get involved, you can lose your drivers license. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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