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Parking Amnesty

Q:  How many people took advantage of Public Safety's amnesty program for unpaid tickets?

A:  A grand total of 161 faculty, staff and students paid off their outstanding parking tickets during the 12-day amnesty period Public Safety offered in early March. People with tickets were able to fulfill their obligations by paying just half of what they owed. 

The most tickets resolved for one person was 40, and the oldest fine was from 2002. About half of the people who took advantage of the program were students and the half were faculty/staff. 

ParkingSign_300"Most people were happy to resolve their obligation and relieved to have an opportunity to participate in amnesty," says Randy Carroll, interim executive director of public safety. "It was a really good deal for those individuals who had multiple obligations--especially those who owed a few thousand dollars." 

Carroll estimates that about one-third of all outstanding fines were paid off through the amnesty program. "For those folks who did not take advantage of amnesty, all obligations are now due in full." 

As Caroll adds, "University parking rates are some of the least expensive in this area. We always encourage our community to use alternative modes of transportation to reduce single occupant vehicle use, and our ORCA program is becoming more and more desirable." 

To learn more about SU's parking regulations, visit Transportation.