Got a ticket? Maybe this will fix it

EUGENE, Ore. - Michael Moore got a ticket for driving with expired registration in December.

"At the time I appeared in January, the judge was surprised that I was there," Moore said. "She informed me there was a fix-it ticket program."

There are more than 130,000 motor vehicles registered in Eugene alone.

That's a lot of potential ticket writing for police, many of them for minor traffic offenses like a burned-out headlight or failing to carry your car's registration.

Moore discovered he could have used the "fix-it ticket" - otherwise know as the vehicle compliance program - to resolve his violation.

Here's how it works: If you prove before your municipal court date that you fixed the violation and have police check off on the paperwork, then your citation and fine are waived.

"They pay the $50 and they never have to go before a judge," said Carol Berg-Caldwell, who monitors the local municipal court. "So consequently it has saved court and judge time. It really is a win-win."

Berg-Caldwell said that early on, a few defendants were not getting the brochure on the new law from officers.

Police don't quite agree with that assessment.

"What I hear you asking is if the program has been successful from its inception," said Lt. Doug Mozan, "and I would say that it has."

Regardless, Berg-Caldwell said from her vantage point, the early bugs in the program have all been worked out.

The police and the court responded very well, and the bottom line for residents in Eugene: safer streets.

For police on the beat, Mozan hopes fewer tickets will be written to the same person for the same issue.

"What we're hoping is that this will increase the amount of actual compliance," he said.