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3 unpaid parking tickets could stop drivers

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Here's another reason to pay your parking tickets: Your driver's license could be blocked.

A Michigan law kicking in on May 16 says three unpaid parking tickets can prevent renewal of a license. The current threshold is six.

Local governments notify the secretary of state when someone has too many unpaid parking tickets, although some communities are more aggressive than others. Birmingham in suburban Detroit turns unpaid tickets over to a collection agency.

Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom tells The Detroit News he's enthusiastic about the new law. Unpaid parking tickets in Grand Rapids are worth more than $3 million.

Critics don't like the new law. They say people should be punished if they're bad drivers, not because the meter expired.

Kyle Norris is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. He lives in Seattle and works as a substitute host and producer at KNKX.
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