TV5 helps man settle traffic ticket dispute - WNEM TV 5


TV5 helps man settle traffic ticket dispute

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A local man was getting parking tickets in his name, months after his license plate was stolen.

Even though he had proof he no longer owned the plate, he spent several weeks trying to clear his name.

Joe Polzin owed the city of Saginaw a few hundred dollars in parking tickets on Tuesday. Today, he doesn't.

Polzin reached out to TV5 about parking tickets he'd been getting in the mail. The tickets were tied to an old license plate he reported stolen to the Secretary of State back in November.

TV5 took his proof that he replaced the plate to Saginaw City Hall. Within minutes, the tickets were dismissed.

"I would like to thanks TV5 and the city of Saginaw for getting this done," said Polzin.

It may be done for Polzin but TV5 wanted to find out how something like this happens in the first place.

Here's what TV5 found out from the city.

A parking enforcement officer writes a parking ticket and then takes the info back to city hall. That ticket is uploaded to a state database. The Secretary of State then sends back the name and address associated with the plate and then the city mails the ticket.

TV5 did talk to the Secretary of State. They said their system does in fact show that Polzin replaced the plate back in November, but could not explain why the city issued the ticket.

Meanwhile, Polzin warned that others should put lock screws on their license plates to avoid a similar situation.

If you have a tough question you'd like TV5 to investigate, give us a call at 989-758-2044. You can also send an email to, or you can post it on the TV5 Facebook page.

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