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Davidson County pursuing parking tickets more than a decade old

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It was the year the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL, the Enron case went to trial, and the release of the first Blu-ray disc.

It was also the year April Kane received two parking tickets in Nashville.

“I don’t remember,” Kane said. “It seems awful to say, but I don’t know many very people who can remember the details of 10 years ago.”

Kane actually received the tickets 11 years ago in 2006. What could have cost $36 back then now tops $200.

She was recently contacted by a collections agency over the unpaid fines, which she neither remembers receiving nor dodging.

“Ten years ago I wasn’t even a mother,” Kane said. “I was a 20-something probably hanging out downtown.”

Kane’s case is just one of many Davidson County is pursuing before the clock runs out. Yes, even parking tickets have a statute of limitations: 10 years from the judgment date.

While Kane’s tickets date back to 2006, the judgment was issued in 2009.

“Is this the best use of Metro’s time?” asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“As far as the clerk’s office, this is our duty to collect these fines,” said Joseph Day, the chief deputy of public relations and employee development for the Davidson County Circuit Court Clerk.

Davidson County forwarded a batch of 69 cases to a collections agency last June with plans for sending more, according to Bill Cartwright, the chief clerk of the traffic violation bureau.

The city is awaiting payment on roughly 41,000 parking tickets to the tune of $3.5 million, Cartwright said.

Day said before sending the case to collections, his office mails multiple notices to drivers.

Kane said she never received those letters. Another thing that’s happened since 2006? She moved.

“That’s why I thought it was a scam,” Kane said. “I thought I would have received letters.”

In the coming weeks, more drivers may see their old parking tickets resurface.

Day said his office is switching to a database that will better track who owes what.

“If they had a ticket years ago, we are actively trying to pursue them,” Day said.

Cartwright and Day said the office boasts a 60 percent collection rate translating to $7 million over the past 10 years.

Day said Metro has limited options when it comes to collecting unpaid fines for parking tickets including garnishing wages or levying vehicles. But failure to pay parking fines cannot affect the points on a driver’s license.

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