Montreal tourists owe $8.5M in unpaid traffic tickets

MONTREAL – Tourists in Montreal owe $8.5 million worth of traffic tickets, according to city officials, but they won’t be collecting any time soon.

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Once a tourist leaves the province, Montreal police can’t cross the border and collect the fines.

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Since 2012, the number of unpaid speeding and parking tickets has increased five-fold.

YearUnpaid tickets Amount due201532, 216$ 2, 786, 370201417, 781$ 2, 227, 02520139, 837$ 2, 070, 51920126, 560$ 1, 489, 664TOTAL66, 394$ 8, 573, 578

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    Quebec does have agreements with Ontario, New York and Maine, but only for the purpose of sharing information.

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    Global News legal expert Philip Schneider explained the city could establish more cross-border collaborations, or require drivers to pay their tickets immediately when they are stopped.

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    The City of Montreal told Global News that a court notice of payment is sent to defendants outside Quebec for unpaid tickets, but after a certain period of time, police officers are unable to enforce procedures.

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