Metro Atlanta city cracking down on unpaid tickets dating to 2000

Wendy Williams was surprised last Wednesday when she got a notice that she would have to appear in traffic court, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

The notice was related to an unpaid traffic ticket she received in Forest Park for a red-light violation, according to the news station. 

The ticket was from nearly two decades ago. 

Forest Park Municipal Court confirmed to Channel 2 it is trying to resolve unpaid tickets, some of which are dated as far back as 2000. 

Some drivers claim that they’ve already paid the tickets and aren’t sure why any outstanding tickets wouldn’t have appeared sooner.  

Sylvester Williams told Channel 2 he paid a dime for a copy of a 2009 ticket he got in Forest Park for driving with an expired tag. He told the news station he paid the ticket and “cleared everything up” years ago. 

He said since receiving that ticket, he’s even gotten a commercial driver’s license without an issue.   

“Normally, I guess your license would be suspended if you didn't pay a ticket,” Williams said. “Mine wasn't.”

Similarly, Wendy Williams said the unpaid ticket hasn’t prevented her from renewing her license. 

“I renewed my license in the state of Georgia,” she said. “I received a license in South Carolina,  and then I also lived outside the country.”

The municipal court said people who receive a written notice to appear in court have not paid their tickets, according to Channel 2. 

Wendy Williams said she’s not sure if she paid the old ticket, but said if she didn’t, she should’ve had problems getting the license renewal. 

“I'm feeling like now I'm being haunted about a ticket from 18 years ago,” she said.

Wendy Williams and Sylvester Williams are slated to appear in court in August, Channel 2 reported. 

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