Tough Questions: Personal information exposed on traffic tickets - WNEM TV 5

Tough Questions: Personal information exposed on traffic tickets

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some drivers ticketed for parking violations say the tickets are putting their personal security in danger.

They are worried some new tickets being issued in Saginaw are exposing too much personal information.

WNEM TV5 went to police to find out what's being done about the problem.

A concerned driver who doesn't want his name revealed works in downtown Saginaw and says he often parks on the street and has gotten a few tickets.

But the one he received this week made him do a double take. "The problem with this ticket is it has all of my personal information on it," said the unidentified driver. "Don't put the ticket on my windshield where the whole world can see it."

The ticket shows his name, date of birth, even address and driver's license number.

The driver says the ticket, with all of his personal information, was merely placed on his windshield wiper out in the open - an easy target for someone to just walk away with.

"Anyone walking by can grab that and have my personal information. Or, if it blows away, same thing, my personal information is out there for the world to have - that's a real concern of mine," said the man.

His concerns and others prompted TV5 to start asking the Tough Questions.

TV5 went to Saginaw police for answers, and they told us the use of these revealing tickets was just a temporary situation.

Saginaw police Lt. Paul Crane says since the city increased parking fines, the department had to get new tickets. So, they had to make do until the new ones arrived, which was just about a day ago.

"That is an electronic ticket where an officer, if they stopped you on a moving violation or in this case a parking violation, would write the ticket," explained Crane.  "Then they could print a copy of that in the police cruiser. They would send a copy electronically to the courthouse."

From now on, Crane says drivers who are in violation should see tickets that don't reveal as much of their person information.

Crane says the more revealing tickets were used for just a few weeks.

If you have a Tough Question you want TV5 to investigate, call us at 989-758-2044, send us an email at wnem@wnem.com or get a hold of us on Facebook.

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