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Page 2-FrIday, May 7, 1982-The Michigan Daily
City officials
crackdown on
unpaid tickets

By GEORGE ADAMS
Students who are piling up parking
tickets should beware this month. The
city currently is cracking down on $2
million worth of unpaid parking
violations accumulated over the past
three years by Ann Arbor drivers.
The city began efforts to reduce its
backlog of tickets,, totalling an
estimated 141,000, in April, according to
City Administrator Terry Sprenkel.
The plan involves a three-step
method involving several departments,
including the police, the city attorney's
office, and the city's data processing
facilities.
THE FIRST step in the crackdown
involves sorting through violation
records kept in the city's data
processing banks. After lists of unpaid
tickets are collected, the process of
tracking down the whereabouts of the
offending car owners begins. .
"This program would be impossible
without our present computer
capability," Sprenkel said.
The names of owners with six or more
unpaid tickets are given to the police,
who then impound the vehicles,
Sprenkel said. The city already has

towed as many as 90 cars per day
thrpugh this process, he added, a num-
ber "substantially higher" than
averages taken prior to the crackdown.
IN THE THIRD step, drivers with
fewer than six tickets receive ten-day
warning notices. If the notice is
ignored, the case is referred to the city
attorney's office, according to city at-
torney Bruce Laidlaw.
The number of parking violation
cases in city courts has increased, due
to the crackdown, but court procedures
have not been altered, said 15th District
Court administrator Robert Randolph.
"Each case has to be seen on its own
merit," Randolph said. "The only dif-
ference is that now we are processing a
heck of a lot more ticket violations."
The crackdown has cost the city
$17,000 in overtime, Sprenkel said, ad-
ding that expenses have been well wor-
th the increase ticket collections.
"It's a pretty cost effective system-.
In April we brought in over $295,000.
Our usual revenue is around $110,000,"
he said.
Sprenkel's final words of advice to
city drivers were blunt. "If you get a
ticket, pay it," he said.

Today
The weather
Skies will be mostly cloudy today as temperatures hover near the 80s.
Showers may dampen spirits in the late afternoon.
Freeze trip
STUDENTS WHO FAVOR a nuclear arms freeze now have an op-
portunity to take their cause on the road. University students will hold a
pro-freeze petition drive in Detroit this weekend. The group will leave at 5:00
p.m. today, with free transportation and free room and board provided.
Volunteers will spend Saturday and Sunday gathering signatures inia drive
to put a nuclear freeze proposal on the state ballot. Those ready to petition
should call LSA Student Government President Margaret Talmers at 665-
1142 or 763-4799 for more information. Q
Comment of CEW
THE EVALUATION committee for the University's Center for the
Continuing Education of Women is asking for the public's opinion on
CEW's current function. The committee, charged with examining the effec-
tiveness of CEW, invites letters from the community commenting on CEW's
servies, and benefits. Letters should be addressed to committee chairperson
Jacquelynne Parsons, care of Marty Hinman, at 6074 Fleming Ad-
ministration Bldg. The committee will be holding a public hearing May12. Q
Happenings
FILMS
AAFC-Dr. Strangelove, 4, 7, 8:40 and 10:20 p.m., MLB 4.
Cinemo Two-Tom Jones, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Cinema Guild - A Clockwork Orange, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Lorch.
MISCELLANEOUS
Museum of Art-"Leonardo's Return to Vinci" exhibit opening, 8p.m.
Canterbury Loft-"Treats,"8p.m., 332 S. State.
Ark-Mick Moloney & Eugene O'Donnell perform Irish music, 9 p.m., 1421
Hill.
Blind Pig - Chicago Pete and the Detroiters band 208 S. First.
Astrofest-Jim Loudon, "Space Shuttle: The Saga Continues," 7:30 p.m.,
MLB3.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.
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