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New York, NY - NJ Woman Arrested for Not Paying 10-Year-Old Traffic Ticket

Published on: June 19, 2012 09:22 AM
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New York, NY - A New Jersey woman says she spent a night in a New York City jail after police discovered she had a decade-old traffic summons.

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Krystle Garcia tells NBC New York (http://bit.ly/NJmimi ) that she was arrested Thursday at a Manhattan checkpoint.

Garcia was 17 when she received the forgotten summons. It was issued because she did not have an insurance card with her.

Garcia said she received, and paid, other tickets in New York after that. She was able to renew her New Jersey driver’s license and registration without any issues.

Garcia, who works in New York City, agreed to a $155 fine. But she said her 14-hour ordeal in a holding cell was “horrifying.”

She said she shared her story because she doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.

 

 



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 Jun 19, 2012 at 09:46 AM Experienced Motorist Says:

We've heard other stories, whereby people receive traffic tickets for moving violations, and they "forget" about them. Also, people claim that they didn't realize that their licenses were suspended, and are also arrested, during traffic stops. However, people should be speedily arraigned before a magistrate, and not have to spend fourteen hours in a holding cell. If someone receives a traffic ticket, either fight it in court, or pay the fine; however, don't forget about it, or file it under a pile of papers.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM SandraM Says:

This police action is ridiculous and indefensible. Just crazy.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM rationalman Says:

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SandraM Says:

This police action is ridiculous and indefensible. Just crazy.

it is absolutely a great idea....for years you had people with in excess of 100 summons for unregistered/unlicensed/uninsured vehicles the policy is now a mandatory arrest. it has taken 100's of dangerous people off the street. the few like this woman that forgot a old summons - a) get a ticket take care of it b) you go to court and clear it up - it is the small price to pay for being irresponsible with a ticket you received!.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM OUTRAGED @Gloomberg Says:

This is all about $$$$$$$$$$$. If His Diss-honor would ever spend a night in the hole with some of the finer people who go through this horrific ordeal as if they were common criminals, he would quickly order the NYPD to change their policies. Smack me!! Back to reality, it ain't happening. Welcome to the Rotten Apple.

Remember, you live here by choice.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

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rationalman Says:

it is absolutely a great idea....for years you had people with in excess of 100 summons for unregistered/unlicensed/uninsured vehicles the policy is now a mandatory arrest. it has taken 100's of dangerous people off the street. the few like this woman that forgot a old summons - a) get a ticket take care of it b) you go to court and clear it up - it is the small price to pay for being irresponsible with a ticket you received!.

Until your daughter/granddaughter is arrested and is abused/maltreated because she forgot to take care of her ticket due to being busy taking care of you. Maybe it will stop being a great idea then. Until then, hey, the punishment totally fits the crime. Why are people such crybabies, right, rationalman? Krystle Garcia should be nothing less then delighted that they mercifully released her at all.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:29 PM Phil E Stein Says:

If this Krystle Garcia had responded to the original traffic summons in a timely manner she could have avoided all that trouble.

Or perhaps she has taken the example of so many New York yidden who seem to think that laws simply do not apply to *them*?

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM DRSLZ Says:

Pay your tickets as soon as possible. It's not worth getting pulled out of your car, and arrested, on the way to your son's chasuna (it's happened!).

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM Unasked_Question Says:

Not surprised at all ....
Given that the US has less than 5% of the world's population and 23% of the world's prison population (check Wikipedia for sources) we can totally understand the need to arrest her.
We need to keep the numbers up.

And to you Mr. Phil E STein & rationalman; I would like to talk to you when you or your loved one go through an ordeal like this, for forgetting to pay a ticket.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM A Says:

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rationalman Says:

it is absolutely a great idea....for years you had people with in excess of 100 summons for unregistered/unlicensed/uninsured vehicles the policy is now a mandatory arrest. it has taken 100's of dangerous people off the street. the few like this woman that forgot a old summons - a) get a ticket take care of it b) you go to court and clear it up - it is the small price to pay for being irresponsible with a ticket you received!.

How do you compare people who racked up hundreds of summonses with this poor woman who had one ticket ten years ago? Have a little sense of proportion!

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM Facts1 Says:

Is that all you can say?

How about we never arrest a person for not paying a summons? Are we going back to the old shtetel days where people were thrown into Jail for not being able to pay?

A much simpler solution would be to give these tickets to a collection agency, they way the unprivileged regular citizen deals with unpaidbills.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM WTH Says:

Reply to #3  
rationalman Says:

it is absolutely a great idea....for years you had people with in excess of 100 summons for unregistered/unlicensed/uninsured vehicles the policy is now a mandatory arrest. it has taken 100's of dangerous people off the street. the few like this woman that forgot a old summons - a) get a ticket take care of it b) you go to court and clear it up - it is the small price to pay for being irresponsible with a ticket you received!.

What are you saying? Monetary debt is a reason to throw people in Jail? Dont we have a points system for dangerous drivers? That should solve your concerns, but what does a meter or trash ticket have with throwing people behind bars?.

How about we never arrest a person for not paying a summons? Are we going back to the old shtetel days where people were thrown into Jail for not being able to pay?

A much simpler solution would be to give these tickets to a collection agency, they way the unprivileged regular citizen deals with unpaidbills.

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