ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Dellwood mayor is wiping out old traffic offenses in his community. Mayor Reggie Jones says if you were given a traffic ticket on or before April 11th of 2012 in Dellwood and you haven’t paid your fine, you will be given full amnesty. Meaning, you don`t have to pay what you owe. Traffic warrants before that date are also forgiven. There about 1,000 people who qualify for this program.
Jones says he chose April 11th of 2012 because that is when St. Louis County Police took over policing in Dellwood. Jones says he doing this in light of the municipal court issues raised by Department of Justice report on Ferguson.
“I think the DOJ as well as other officials are looking at all city courts in the county especially north county and we`re under the microscope and we need to realize that so I think some changes do need to happen,” said Jones. He added, “We are trying to help people move forward. These old cases are just sitting in our files, they`re hard to prosecute anyway, we`re not collecting on them.”
Jones tells us one challenge in prosecuting old traffic cases is finding the old Dellwood officers who aren`t with the county police force in that area. Jones says if you have a pending traffic offense in Dellwood since April 11th 2012, you are still responsible for paying your fine.
The amnesty becomes effective on March 20th.