SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is giving people with unpaid parking tickets an amnesty day to pay their fines without penalties.

South Bend City Clerk Kareemah Fowler says she proposed Friday's amnesty day after reading about a similar program's success in Chicago. A revised parking ordinance passed last fall authorized the amnesty day that allows violators to pay their parking fines without late penalties.

That ordinance also gives motorists a warning for their first parking ticket of each calendar year.

Fowler says tells the South Bend Tribune ( ) the amnesty day "is all about giving residents a chance to clean their slates."

She says that on Friday a person with five overdue tickets could pay them all off for $100, instead of the $250 it would cost any other day.


Information from: South Bend Tribune,