Hundreds Pack Traffic Court to Avoid Ticket

The Houston County Courthouse was packed on Tuesday with many people appearing for traffic violations.

Over 1200 people packed the Houston County Courthouse to settle their outstanding traffic tickets. Whether they paid in person or appeared before a judge, the courtrooms and hallways were packed.

With citations still rolling in from such initiatives as Take Back our Highways and Hands Across the Border; if you think it was bad, it could only get worse.

Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall said, “For our next court we are pulling other clerks, assigning people to courtrooms.”

For certain traffic offenses, there is another option for people who are pleading guilty and just need to pay.

Woodall explained, “We have a one-eight hundred number and they can pay with a credit card.”

And, folks may want to consider that option if they can, because parking is another huge problem.

Houston County Judge Brad Mendheim says they have taken some measures to try to alleviate the number of people at the building at one time. “We moved all of our DUI cases to a different day, to try to alleviate some of the problem.”

As far as scheduling extra days to hear cases, well, that's another story.

Mendheim added, “Honestly, there's nothing we can do to change the calendar.”

The best advice for folks who are faced with a traffic ticket is plan ahead, pay in advance and expect a long wait if you must go there in person.

With more and more traffic citations issued everyday, it's only bound to get worse

Officials tell News 4 that they have no way of knowing at this point how many people will be on the docket for the October 11th court date.

Traffic court meets once a month. You can pay your traffic ticket online at www.alapay.com.


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  • by Bryan Location: Dothan, unfortunatly on Oct 22, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    Take back our highways from WHO? The people who don't have lights on top of their vehicles? This is ridiculous. I guess Pennies for Progress just isn't enough for all the pay raises and other corrupt nonsense going on. Everybody here should check out jessietompkins.com. I am sick and tired of watching "Dothan's finest" continually breaking the laws they are supposed to be enforcing, as well. Every single day I have to worry about being pulled over for going five over the limit, only to be passed by a cop car going at least 15 to 20 mph over the limit...without their lights on.
  • by David Location: Enterprise on Sep 6, 2007 at 11:10 PM
    I concur with Fairtrial on this issue. It seems the court and the Judge assumes guilt by the statements made here. The city of Dothan and Houston County need a re-structure in their biased and corrupt court system. They seems to forget the clause "Innocent, until proven Guilty".
  • by Fairtrial on Sep 6, 2007 at 04:54 AM
    The Court should have anticipated the increase in the amount of traffic tickets because of the PR campaign that has been put over the air waves and TV by the news media. The Court system simply was not ready to serve the public in a efficient manner. At the end of each day why can't the police agency's that use this court system telephone to the court clerk the total amount of tickets written a day prior that would give the clerk a better idea of cases to expect for court. The current system would entice some people to abandon "Their day in court" and pay the fine due to the long waiting period due to the court not being prepared to handle cases in fair and speedy manner. Those accused of a offence have every right to a speedy trial and should not be influenced to Plead Guilty because of the court system not being prepared as this article would indicate.
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