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Traffic fines now payable through Internet

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Paying a traffic ticket in Rockdale County now can be as easy as clicking a check box on a website or buying groceries after the Clerk of Courts office announced the county will begin accepting payments on the Internet and at credit card kiosks.

The public can now pay traffic citations at the Clerk of Courts website, www.rockdaleclerk.com.

The move to online pay methods has been known since county budget hearings last fall when Rockdale County Superior and State Court Clerk Ruth Wilson said there was a need for an efficient way to process payments and make it as convenient as possible for the public.

"This is one of several steps we are taking to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our operations," Wilson said in a prepared statement last week. "By providing this remote access to the courts, we make ourselves available to serve the public any day or time at their own convenience and without requiring a trip to the Courthouse."

Credit card payments will also be accepted at the credit card kiosks installed on the third floor of the Rockdale County court house. As a result, credit card payments will no longer be processed at the Clerk of Courts' service counter.

The Clerk of Courts website also is a change in the long-standing goal to have many services and information centralized on a single website, www.rockdalecounty.org.

The Clerk of Courts joins other county online homes like the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, www.rockdalesheriff.com, and the Tax Commissioner's office, www.rockdaletaxbills.com.

Wilson told the Board of Commissioners at last fall's budget hearings that it was vital for her office to take advantage of new technologies to make it easier for people to pay their court fines and fees and lessen the work load of her front office personnel.

Wilson reiterated that in last week's announcement.

"As the county continues to grow, the demand for court services and access will also grow," she said. "We must take advantage of these technologies in order to absorb the workload while still containing our cost of operations."

Wilson called the new website "pretty basic" and said her office will continue to look for more technological innovations as funding becomes available.