Check your windshield and email for NYC traffic tickets

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When the folded, orange envelope appears on the windshield of the vehicle, you know there's trouble.

Parking tickets are a fact of life (and driving) in New York City.

A bill will be introduced at Thursday's New York City Council meeting that would also send an email to drivers who receive a parking ticket. An actual paper ticket would continue to be placed on the vehicle.

The city already has a program in place that sends emails to companies who sign up for the alerts when their commercial vehicles are ticketed. This proposal would allow the program to be expanded to all drivers.

NYC Councilmember Helen Rosenthal says it will be a reminder for all drivers to pay the ticket and it's an opportunity to emphasize road safety.

Fines and fees for an unpaid ticket add to the cost.

It would be a voluntary program. The details would be worked out after a committee hearing.

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