Pay or Stay Warrants
Today (April 20th 2016) as I was heading to my aunt’s house in Sherwood Park to help her move some things to her new house in Delton when I was pulled over. The officer, a polite Peace Officer, had ran my plate and it came back as a pay or stay warrant for my arrest.
Now, before I continue, we both know all outstanding tickets are attached to my truck’s registration, once a year I deal with any, if any, traffic tickets, some years in a massive amount of photo radar, some years my lead foot seems to smarten up and I pay my $85 and continue on with my life. The city gets its owed money, I get to keep my ride. This system works well because if I don’t pay I lose my truck, that doesn’t hurt anyone but myself.
However, with pay or stay, you have forced me to last minute come up with money or do the jail time. So now if I had taken the jail time, because like most albertan’s I’m unemployed right now meaning 3 days in jail wouldn’t have really bothered me, it now falls on the tax payers to provide my meals, laundry services and all the other things that go along with holding me in jail. And I would have got to keep my $575, without any real cost to myself other than an uncomfortable sleep.
So I was pulled over at 1:45 pm, as the cop is waiting to hear the details of my warrant time passes, it’s 2:35 pm when the matter is finally resolved.
How much is this officers wage per hour? What other emergency calls was he ignoring for this, a simple traffic fine, which was not reporting an accident, and yes stupid on my part but I took responsibility for, and because I went to court Nov 4 2015, I was under the assumption it would be attached to my registration or license renewal, as most traffic related things are for next year. The warrant was issued Feb 9th 2016. My registration date is Oct. 31 2016.
I’m not even upset for having to pay it, I’m upset that I could have used other people’s tax dollars pay my fines for me while I ate free food. And I’m sure I’m not the only that realizes this. Was my measly $575 worth so much to the city that I didn’t even have to risk losing anything
Next time I’ll take the jail time and you can enjoy paying for my tickets that you had no responsibility in racking up, I’ll keep my $575 in my bank account, won’t have to feed myself for a few days, sounds like a win-win for me.
Fines should be attached to registration and licensing renewal’s first until it has to go to collections then enforce pay or stay. Well that’s what I think.