NYC owed $3.5 million in unpaid traffic tickets

Maybe they just fuhgoddaboudit.

New York City is $3.5 million in the hole in unpaid traffic tickets issued to out-of-state drivers since 2016 — and drivers with New Jersey license plates are the worst scofflaws, according to a new report.

While cars with New York plates rack up the overwhelming majority — 78 percent — of parking and moving violations, out-of-state vehicles accounted for 38 percent of unpaid tickets from 2016 to 2020, the analysis by Streetsblog of city data found.

New Jersey tops the list of delinquent states. Drivers with Garden State plates received 1.2 million tickets over the five-year period — but have paid back just 438,220 of them, or 35 percent.

Other top violators include Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina, — in order of total number of unpaid tickets.

Drivers from those four states alone plus New Jersey failed to pay 35 percent of the time.

Cars registered to the rest of the country or Canada have an even higher rate of unpaid tickets — 53.5 percent, Streetsblog reported.

Only 35 percent of the tickets from New Jersey from 2016-2020 have been paid back.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“These findings speak to the need for executive leadership, from Gov. Hochul and the state DMV in particular, to collaborate between the different states,” Marco Conner DiAquoi of Transportation Alternatives told the website.

Streetsblog previously reported that 20 percent of car crashes in New York City involve vehicles with out-of-state plates.

Reps for the de Blasio administration and city Department of Finance did not immediately comment.



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