Nation: The Biggest Scofflaw

Motorists who fail to pay New York City parking fines have recently been subjected to an intense new collection campaign: dunning notices in the mail, mysterious and sometimes threatening phone calls from collection agencies, even warnings on the radio that "scofflaws" can face garnishment of wages and liens on their property. Last week, however, it was disclosed that the city's biggest scofflaw—incurring fines and penalties estimated at $6 million per year—is the U.S. Federal Government.

Even more astonishing was the revelation that more than half of the summonses—about 6,000 per month—are handed out...

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