Ignoring a photo-enforcement ticket could cost you

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PHOENIX -- Ignoring a photo-enforcement ticket could soon cost you more money.

On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved adding a $20 fee to the tickets on top of the actual fine.

According to county officials, that $20 add-on for people who don't pay the tickets, which are sent out by the Department of Public Safety, would help cover the costs for handling photo-enforcement cases.

The fee would only affect those drivers who ignore the tickets and wind up in court, and the money would be used only for the justice courts. Photo-enforcement cases, which have flooded the court system since November 2008, account for about half of the court filings.

The fee will go into effect in December.