3 Unpaid Parking Tickets Could Stop Drivers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING (AP) -- Here's another reason to pay your parking tickets: Your driver's license could be blocked.

A Michigan law kicking in on May 16 says three unpaid parking tickets can prevent renewal of a license. The current threshold is six.

Local governments notify the secretary of state when someone has too many unpaid parking tickets, although some communities are more aggressive than others. Birmingham in suburban Detroit turns unpaid tickets over to a collection agency.

Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/HwSToI) he's enthusiastic about the new law. Unpaid parking tickets in Grand Rapids are worth more than $3 million.

Critics don't like the new law. They say people should be punished if they're bad drivers, not because the meter expired.

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