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Bonneville County plans to offer online fine payments

Of course we all try to avoid it, but sometimes it just happens: a speeding ticket.

After the initial bummer of receiving a citation wears off, there’s another inconvenience to grapple with — finding the time to pay.

Bonneville County is planning on making the whole process easier, with online payments.

“Anything online any more makes it convenient for people,” said Bonneville Sheriff deputy Doug Cook.

Cook said he’s written a ticket or two to folks from out-of-state who stress about how they’ll pay their fine.

“Obviously our population has grown and a lot of people are coming to this area for the nature and the other things that are outdoors,” he said.

If a driver from out of state gets a ticket the burden is on them to find a way to pay.

“People are always concerned when they do get a citation or a ticket,” said Cook.

The pay-in-person routine can be an inconvenience even if you’re not from out of state.

“Starting September 1, an individual who receives a citation marked as an infraction like a speeding ticket can pay online 24/7 from anywhere,” said Bonneville County judge Mark Riddoch.

Riddoch said the new way to pay will take pressure off county employees and folks to who have tickets to pay.

“I think it gives people more flexibility because they can pay it from anywhere and i think it’s going to save time and help a lot of people,” he said.

Riddoch said some folks who are in Bonneville County most of the time, but who might not be here when their ticket payment is due, will also benefit.

“if you’re on vacation, travelling for some other reason, you’ll have the flexibility to pay this from anywhere,” he said.

Riddoch said folks will still have to make their appearances on the really serious stuff. But felony and misdemeanor fines will still be payable online, too.

“After you’ve seen the judge and after the judge has approved the fine agreement, then you can make payments online in the same way,” he said.

The county did expect the new service to be up and running this weekend, but said it isn’t fully available yet.

In the meantime, more information about the program is available by calling the Bonneville County Courthouse at 529-1350, ext. 1906

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