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Not Paying the Traffic Ticket ‘Was a Mistake,’ Says Councilman Kyle Anderson

Timing is essential as Councilman Kyle Anderson admitted that his timing last month between paying for a traffic ticket acquired over the summer and being pulled over the next day for a broken headlight were worse experiences.

The Woodbridge councilman tried explaining the circumstances of an unpaid traffic ticket and a bench warrant arrest made in November.

Anderson stated in a public session last December 4 council meeting that he was being arrested on a bench warrant for a speeding ticket he hadn’t paid from late summer.

The worst part was that on Tuesday, November 13, Anderson was pulled over for the headlight, the day after he had sent the payment in to Westampton, the Burlington County municipality that handles ticket monies for Turnpike traffic violations in that part of the state. The clerk confirmed on Wednesday that his payment has been received.

The councilman said that it was wrong timing. It was my mistake and he was embarrassed that it happened.

Anderson voluntarily announced the circumstances of the arrest at the council meeting. The meeting was taped and will be televised on Woodbridge’s public access cable channels, as well as on the township’s website.

Anderson related that late summer, he was pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike for going 74 mph in a 65 mph zone. He kept the ticket for travelling 9 miles an hour above the speed limit in his vehicle, and somehow the ticket got misplaced.

Anderson explained that his car was in and out of the repair shop over the summer. He added that he keeps the vehicle for financial reasons as he has a child in college and two in daycare. He has to drive it so he won’t have to add a car payment” to his financial burden.

Probably between the vehicle’s numerous visits to the repair shop, the ticket was mislaid due to simple human error.

After he received a notice in the mail in November about the wayward traffic ticket, Anderson tried to pay the ticket online, but the state system wouldn’t allow him to do it. Once it had gone over a certain period of time, the ticket had to be paid in person or by mail, he said.

When he received the notice in the mail that he hadn’t paid the ticket, he tried to get in touch with municipality, but they were either having problems with their phones or they were overwhelmed with calls as no one answered.

That was the time when Anderson wrote a letter to the Westampton clerk’s office and enclosed a check for the $95 ticket, plus the $100 late payment fine tacked on.

That was on Monday. The next day, Anderson, driving in his older-model vehicle, was stopped by Woodbridge Police for a flickering headlight. When Anderson was taken in to police headquarters, he paid the ticket and fine. One thing was certain: the councilman didn’t get any special favors.

He commended the Woodbridge police do a good job and he didn’t ask for any special treatment.

Anderson said he decided to go public with the details so that he could be the one to get it out in the open and then put it behind him. He said that it was his mistake not to have paid the ticket then but now that the ticket is paid, it’s all settled.

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Source: Woodbridge Patch

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