NCticket system makes perfect sense

Mar 16, 2013

The process now in place that allows those receiving misdemeanor traffic citations to pay on line and avoid court is an ideal setup.

Prior to payNCticket, those facing traffic charges had to pay fines and related court costs by bringing cash to the courthouse and paying in in person or by mailing a money order or cashier’s check payment. The electronic payment option provides a third, far more convenient way to settle up.

The new system relieves clogged court dockets, and saves taxpayer dollars, too.

The system was designed by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) to provide benefits for all involved — citizens, court officials and staff. In addition to providing a more convenient payment option for citizens, payNCticket allows for quicker disposal of cases because of its automatic updates of case records.

More than half of the eligible offenses are now paid using the electronic system. In Haywood County, that amounted to receipts of more than $500,000. These funds are distributed according to a state formula, but the bulk of them go toward supporting public schools.

While government efficiency is always a desirable end result, a consumer-friendly system is just as valuable. The old method required a person to find time during the weekday to either stop by the courthouse — often with a sizable amount of cash — or stop somewhere to get a money order that could be mailed. For those who must be at work between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. — the hours the office is staffed — or who aren’t in the area, that can be a major inconvenience.

The new system is clearly a win-win for all those involved.