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  • Hunter Cresswell

Two days, two tickets, same envelope

Manotick resident Maureen McArthur was shocked when she opened a registered letter to find not one, but two tickets for the same offence.

She’s on the hook for two $494 fines from the MRC des Collines Police because her car registration wasn’t up to date. One ticket was dated March 9 when she was downhill skiing at Camp Fortune and the other was dated March 11 when she was hiking in Gatineau Park from the P17 parking lot.

“I had to sign for the letter. I thought I was getting a package,” McArthur said.

McArthur said that it was “remiss on my part” that her vehicle registration went out of date in May 2021 and she hadn’t yet registered. She said that she registered her car soon after getting the tickets and intends on disputing one of the tickets in court.

“She knew her plates were expired and decided to drive. People have a responsibility,” MRC des Collines Sgt. Martin Fournel said in response. “Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege.”

He said there is no grace period for improperly registered cars like the 72-hour period drivers have to fix a broken tail light after getting pulled over. When an officer runs a license plate through the system to see if it’s out of date, they can see if other fellow officers have also checked that plate recently. It’s up to each officer to issue a ticket or not, Fournel explained.

He added that the police department issues tickets, but the MRC des Collines municipal court sends them.