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Local drivers apparently ticketed in Nassau County getting answers

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Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Kim Rogers of Hilton wrongly received a traffic ticket from Nassau County last week. 13WHAM quickly discovered she was not alone.

On Monday, we spoke with Churchville resident William Marcellette. Marcellette says his wife also received a traffic ticket from Nassau County last week.

"Never been there in my life," Marcellette said. His wife received the ticket because all his vehicles are registered in her name.

The license plate listed in the ticket matched his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, but Marcellette said there's no way his car would have made it to Nassau County.

"It wouldn't happen, because it would overheat. It wouldn't happen. You couldn't do it with that car," Marcellette said. "I was surprised, I couldn't believe it. It was a regular ticket, and I checked my plate number and it was my car, but we've never been there before."

The ticket his wife received were fines for not having a license plate, and expired registration. Altogether, he thought they were looking at nearly $400 in fines.

"I mean, you get a ticket for almost $400, and I know it's a regular ticket and not a phony one, and it's tough to prove your case, it's as simple as that," Marcellette said.

And he says fixing the problem was a headache.

"I call the number and I get the recording and, 'Hit this number and hit this number,' and you can go all day long," Marcellette said.

On Monday, 13WHAM spoke with the executive director of the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency. He said the ticket issues with both Rogers and Marcellette have been resolved. The executive director said errors made by either the issuing officers or those putting the information into the agency's systems led to Rogers and Marcellette being wrongly ticketed.

As of Monday night, both received apologies from the county.

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