Traffic ticket crackdown targets Calgary drivers
Calgarians, who got a repreive from Alberta's new fine enforcement program last year, will be the focus in 2010 as the province cracks down on drivers who racked up about $25 million worth of outstanding traffic tickets.
As part of Alberta Justice's fine enforcement program, the province plans to put the squeeze on drivers who have unpaid traffic tickets by seizing property, garnishing wages and freezing bank accounts.
The initiative, which rolled out in Edmonton last year, was supposed to arrive in Calgary as well. But admistrative issues related to the opening of the new Calgary Courts Centre delayed the launch.
Steve Jackson, executive director of the fine enforcement program, said there are more than 100,000 tickets outstanding in Calgary. The majority of those offences involve speeding.