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Traffic Ticket Backlog Traced To Overworked Clerk

April 30, 1993

FLORENCE, Miss. (AP) _ Jane Morgan says things got so hectic as clerk in municipal court and in the water department that she didn’t collect on $142,000 worth of traffic tickets dating back to 1987.

″It was just manpower problems and I just flat couldn’t do everything,″ Morgan said Thursday. ″I didn’t have enough time.″

Officials in the town of 1,800 residents agree her heavy workload was to blame. She asked for help more than once. It’s not uncommon for small towns to have one person handle two jobs.

With officials working to clear up the ticket backlog, some drivers are just now learning that their citations will be prosecuted and that they face fines or possible license suspensions.

The fines can be collected because state law doesn’t provide a statute of limitations in such matters, said Mike Lanford, special assistant attorney general.

Morgan, a municipal employee since 1985, is no longer in charge of tickets. She remains a deputy court clerk.

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