Dec 7, 2011 at 8:35 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A cost-saving service that helps Minnesotans pay their traffic tickets and other citations by phone has now logged over 1 million calls.
The Minnesota Court Payment Call Center was created by the judicial branch to centralize and streamline the processing of more than 1 million citations filed annually.
The system began operating in October of 2009. Court officials say it logged its 1 millionth call Nov. 22. It was a request for assistance with a credit card payment for a Washington County District Court citation.
Officials say the system gets about 11,000 calls per month. Common questions regard payment options, the amount owed, or how to contest a ticket.
Eight-five of Minnesota's 87 counties are on the system. Planning is under way to add Hennepin and Ramsey counties in 2013.