Plight of the unpaid ticket

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 05:52 AM

People will always scoff at the prospect of finding a ticket on their windshield for being parked in a space for too long.

Getting the ticket means the hassle of going to the courthouse, spending a day to plead either guilty or not guilty and, either paying the fine or scheduling a hearing.

It can be seen to some as an inconvenience.

If some cities and towns in North Carolina get their way, not paying those parking tickets may mean a lot more than that.

Cities like Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington are in favor of having the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles block registrations for people who leave those pesky parking tickets unpaid, according to the Associated Press.

If the General Assembly enacts such legislation, city officials in Raleigh told the AP they could stand to collect up to $350,000 annually in unpaid tickets.

The effects of such a measure could reach Rutherford County as well.

Now, there are measures put in place to halt registration for certain instances.

The AP reported that the DMV will block registration of those that owe money to the DMV, unpaid child support, unpaid vehicle taxes, failure to pass a motor vehicle inspection and failure to have auto insurance.

We ask, why not include those who have three or more parking tickets?

Repeat violators have to understand there are consequences to violating the law. It is more than just the inconvenience of removing the ticket from your windshield and tossing it aside.

The simple fact is that the law is the law.

If you are not permitted to park in a certain location ... don’t park there.

If you are ticketed for doing so and fail to pay that fine, you should be subject to more than just a slap on the wrist.

Officials told the Raleigh News & Observer the implementation of the law might improve ticket payments by up to 90 percent.

The threat of not being able to renew your vehicle registration may also stop people from parking where they aren’t supposed to.

We encourage the state to take action on this and allow the DMV to halt registrations and renewals for those people that can’t seem to get the idea that if you break the law, you pay the price.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.