The District Attorney’s Office announced it has implemented a new online service for the reduction of minor speeding tickets. District Attorney Ted Bell stated, “We are pleased to begin offering this service. Instead of missing work and wasting time having to sit in court, people can take care of these tickets at their computer at home. Additionally, reducing the number of people coming to court will save taxpayer money.”
Under the new program, which went live on November 1, people with speeding tickets of 15 miles per hour or less over the speed limit can go online at onlineservices.NCcourts.org and request the charge be reduced. This web address is printed on the lower third of the traffic ticket.
“Once we receive the online request, we check their driving history, the information from the ticket, and, if they qualify, approve a reduction to 9 miles per hour over the limit just like we would in court,” Bell said.
The individual then receives an email stating that their request for a reduction is approved, and are given a link where they can pay the reduced charge off online. If the request is declined they will receive a response by email telling them they need to go to court on their assigned court date.
In order to participate in this program the driver must be at least 18 years of age or older and have a valid North Carolina driver’s license. The request must be submitted seven business days or more before the assigned court date.
Bell noted, “Last year we implemented a system where people who were charged with an expired vehicle inspection or registration or no operator’s license can go online to the same web address and request a dismissal once they have corrected the issue. This is just the next step in increasing our efficiency, saving taxpayer money, and respecting people’s time.”