Turn naughty into nice with Toys for Tickets program

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Drivers will get a chance to turn something naughty into something nice this holiday season with the Town of Georgina’s Toys for Tickets program. It allows people who get a parking ticket between Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, for the offence of parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., the option of paying the ticket with a new, unwrapped toy equal to or greater than the amount of the fine. All toys received will be distributed through a local charity.

“No one likes getting a ticket, so this is a great opportunity to pay it forward this holiday season,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “Instead of paying the fine, drivers can purchase a toy and put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. It is important, especially during the holiday season, that we remember and help the people in our community who are less fortunate.”

The program also serves as a reminder to residents and visitors that, under the Town’s Traffic and Parking Control By-law, they cannot park overnight, between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., from Nov. 15 of each year to April 15 of the following year.

The program is only available to people who receive a ticket for violating the 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. parking restriction from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6. The value of the toy must be equal to or exceed the amount owing on the fine. For example, if the fine amount is $30, then the total value of the toy must be equal to or exceed $30 (including taxes). The toy's receipt and the parking violation must be presented at the time of payment and toys will only be accepted at the Municipal Law Enforcement Division at the Civic Centre, second floor, 26557 Civic Centre Rd.

For more information, visit georgina.ca/ToysforTickets.