Manitoba to crack down on unpaid traffic tickets

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WINNIPEG, Man. — Neglecting to pay traffic fines in Manitoba can land you in the clinker thanks to a new approach to collecting unpaid traffic fines by the province.

Manitoba is launching a new pilot project whereby old, unpaid fines will be dredged up if a driver is caught for a second violation.

If a driver ends up in court, it may be necessary to pay for any outstanding fines on the spot. The Crown Attorney will push for jail sentences if a driver has a string of unpaid tickets.

Justice Minister Gord Macintosh says some individuals may do jail time as a result of the new approach, but millions of dollars are currently outstanding, he says, due to unpaid speeding tickets and other infractions.

He adds it’s time the province quit turning a blind eye to non-payers.

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