The city of Las Vegas has launched an innovative new initiative that is putting their parking tickets to good use.
The city council unanimously approved a month-long program that will allow motorists to pay off their parking tickets and driving infractions by donating school supplies and educational materials.
As long as a driver has not been fined for a public safety-related incident, they are free to eliminate their debt by donating supplies such as pencils, pens, erasers, dry erase markers, paper towels, copy paper, rulers, scissors, and pencil sharpeners.
Since the program launched on June 19th, it is set to run until July 19th. All donations must be made within 30 days of the infractions and all of the supplies must be “new, unwrapped school supplies of equal or greater value to their fine to the Parking Services Offices.”
All of the supplies will be donated to the Teachers Exchange, a nonprofit that is associated with the Public Education Foundation.
This is not the first time that the city has replaced parking fees with charitable donations. In July of 2016, the city council adopted an ordinance authorizing the establishment of this occasional program allowing for charitable donations in lieu of payment for parking fines.
That being said, city council members hope that the initiative will inspire other municipalities to pass similar initiatives to benefit their community.
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