Got Too Many Tickets In Las Cruces? The City Will Shut Off Your Toilet.
The city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is in a bit of a bind. Due to the way the laws are set up, they're unable to bring traffic scofflaws who run red lights to court and make them pay their tickets. As a result, the city has over $2 million in unpaid tickets that seem impossible to collect.
Unfortunately for the bad drivers, though, the city does have access to something else: their toilets.
The city provides, and bills, residents for water and sewer service. So, if you have an unpaid ticket in Las Cruces, and the city provides your water, they have every right, legally, to flip off the switch. Then, really, it just becomes a question of how long you can hold it.
Needless to say, some residents are unhappy that the city is taking away their right to potty just because they, er, did something that put other motorists in danger and got caught. But they've got no legal recourse. We're sure they're flushed with anger.