Province owed $126M in traffic tickets

Oct. 24, 2008 at 9:45 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The western Canadian province of Alberta is cracking down on drivers who owe a total of $126 million in unpaid traffic tickets.

Provincial Justice Minister Alison Redford said in a news release from Edmonton that there are more than 651,000 unpaid tickets across Alberta and the province will pursue legal means to recover the money if necessary, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reported.

The minister said by the end of October, letters will be sent to the delinquent drivers as a reminder. If the tickets aren't paid within 30 days, the province will exercise its right to dock wages or withhold provincial income tax refunds, the report said.

"We're cracking down on unsafe drivers who have violations that range from running red lights to speeding in school zones or driving while disqualified," Redford's statement said.

A similar program in 2006 saw more than 25,000 tickets paid, worth $4.8 million, the CBC said.

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