Province has $1 billion in unpaid tickets

May 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

TORONTO, May 18 (UPI) -- Traffic scofflaws owe provincial municipalities more than $1 billion in unpaid speeding tickets, authorities in Ontario, Canada, say.

The Ontario Association of Police Service Boards said there is currently no mechanism to make people pay their speeding fines, The Toronto Star reports.

Board President Alok Mukherjee says the law doesn't allow police to arrest people for unpaid speeding tickets.

"There is no incentive for people to pay because the consequences are pretty limited right now," Mukherjee said.

Loss of license is currently the worst that can happen to a driver with multiple unpaid tickets.

The problem of $1.05 billion in unpaid fines was brought to the attention of the attorney general and the ministry of community safety Monday.

"It's a heck of a lot of money," said Attorney General Chris Bentley, whose government currently is $19.7 billion in the red.

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