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Diversion program offers second chance

Savannah Douglas
Without an appropriate parking pass, vehicles are ticketed for defying parking laws on the UA campus. Parking and Transportation Services will now be providing students with the opportunity to avoid parking fines by going through a diversion program.

Earlier this semester, Parking and Transportation Services launched a diversion program that could potentially erase, or reduce, parking fines that students face on campus.

The PTS diversion program keeps students’ financial responsibilities in mind by allowing them to participate in an online educational program once an academic year for a parking violation on campus, instead of paying the full citation.

It is split into four sections, each emphasizing various aspects of UA life: University Knowledge; Being a Better University Citizen; Campus Health; and Parking and Transportation. Unlike many other traffic school courses, this program is tailored to the individual. Students are given 14 days to complete the workbook-style program, which takes about two hours to complete.

Mark Napier, associate director of operations for PTS, said the organization makes less than 5 percent revenue annually, and that parking citations can be replaced by a more positive, educational outlet.

“We could turn the negative experience of getting a parking ticket into a positive experience through getting to know more about the university, as opposed to just paying a fine,” Napier said. “It just makes sense to make this a more positive outlet for students.”

The program was originally inspired by President Ann Weaver Hart and designed by Napier with the purpose of being free and educational.

Campus Health Service and the Dean of Students Office worked closely with PTS in efforts to educate and help students.

David Salafsky, director of Health Promotion & Preventive Services, said the diversion program not only eases economic strain on students, but also raises awareness of campus resources that they might need in the future.

“I think it’s great to have another option in place of paying a fine,” Salafsky said. “It’s definitely a more attractive option … to know what is available here at UA as a student.”

While the diversion program is directed at students, the program is planning on expanding and reaching out to UA staff based on future need. Some students have indicated they are excited to use the new program that PTS has to offer.

“I think that this is something that I would definitely use,” said Kristen Baca, a biochemistry sophomore.


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