FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
For the first time, Edgecombe County citizens can pay traffic tickets and related costs online.
A new system, payNCticket, built by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), allows citizens to make online payments via credit or debit card for most waivable traffic citations.
Overall, North Carolina courts handle the payment of more than half a million waivable offense citations (including traffic) per year. In fiscal year 2008-09, more than 644,000 of these waivable offense citations were paid in the state, 7,383 of which were Edgecombe County.
Prior to payNCticket, Edgecombe County citizens had to pay fines and related court costs at the courthouse or by mail.
This new system provides immediate benefits to citizens, court officials and staff. While it provides a more convenient payment option for citizens, payNCticket will allow for quicker disposition of cases due to automatic updates of case records.
This new system also is expected to decrease courthouse traffic as well as wait times for citizens of Edgecombe County who still wish to pay their fees in person.
“I concur with Judge (John W.) Smith,” said Clerk of Superior Court Carol Allen White. “The system is a major step toward increasing online service capacities and technological needs in the 21st century.
“Pay NCticket is very convenient for the public , especially out of state residents in terms of saving valuable time spent in the courtroom, missing work, and traveling. It could also reduce the caseload in the courtroom.
“However, in my opinion quicker may not always be the best decision; beware of the legal ramification of paying off a citation. Ask yourself what it will really cost. If you have received a citation, you may want to consult with legal counsel regarding points on your driver’s license and points on your insurance or your specific situation.”
“As the first online citation payment system available to Edgecombe County, payNCticket.org will automate payment processes and improve overall courthouse procedures in Edgecombe County," said Judge John W. Smith, NCAOC director. “PayNCticket.org is a major step toward increasing the state’s court system’s online service capacities and meeting the technological needs of citizens.”
PayNCticket is being rolled out county-by-county throughout the state. All counties are expected to be using the system by late summer.