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“Operation Green Light” brings in more than $500,000 in one day

Hundreds take advantage of 40 percent savings on collection agency fees

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 25, 2014) – The Clerk & Comptroller’s office gave citizens a one-time opportunity to pay their outstanding Palm Beach County traffic tickets in full, restore their driving privileges and save the 40 percent collection agency fee – and they lined up by the hundreds to take advantage.

The Clerk’s office collected $509,166 – approximately $1,200 a minute – and processed 1,923 cases during “Operation Green Light.” The office set a single-day record for traffic and criminal fines and fees paid; on a typical day, Clerks collect approximately $104,371.

There were 447 drivers licenses cleared for reinstatement during Operation Green Light.

Before Saturday’s event, there were nearly 172,000 traffic cases in Palm Beach County that have been sent to a collection agency for non-payment, with approximately $36.5 million in unpaid fines and fees.

Operation Green Light was the first time a Clerk’s office in Florida waived the 40 percent collection agency fees. This allowed citizens to settle their outstanding cases with considerable savings. Many traveled long distances while others arrived at 6 a.m. outside the doors of the Clerk’s office location at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex in West Palm Beach.

The event was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Complex and at the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach; Clerks at both locations began seeing customers early and stayed late to ensure every single person in line at 4 p.m. was served.

“We knew that people would want to take advantage of this opportunity. Operation Green Light’s success can be measured by the number of citizens who will now be driving legally,” said Clerk Bock. “I want to thank everyone on my team who worked extremely hard and made this day such a tremendous success.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call
(561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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