Vegas Ticket Amnesty Program Extended 1 Week

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lines are long at the Regional Justice Center, where Las Vegas court officials have decided to extend a ticket amnesty program for one more week.

The amnesty had been due to end Friday, but court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer says it's drawing record numbers of people willing to pay overdue fines while avoiding late fees and warrants.

He says payment windows will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The program began Nov. 17, with almost 195,000 citations outstanding and penalties due totaling almost $140 million.

Sommermeyer says it looks like more than 9,000 people will take advantage of the program, and the court will reap more than $5 million.

The amnesty only applies to Las Vegas Justice Court.

Officials are promising arrests for scofflaws after the program ends Feb. 13.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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