Can a stop sign traffic violation issued by a Parks agency go on my credit report if I don't pay?

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) is a “Joint Powers Agency” a local government agency has put up several stop signs around their parks and have been issuing citations through photo enforcement. I have always heard that if you get a traffic ticket that doesn't have a court on it, it is what they call a "snitch ticket" and there will not be any REAL penalties if you don't pay. So I didn't. They have now submitted me to a collections agency. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the only debts that can be collected from are personal, family, and household debts, including money you owe on a personal credit card account, an auto loan, a medical bill, and your mortgage. I don't see how this is a debt. Can a traffic violation from a parks agency affect my credit?

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Michael J Silveira

Michael J Silveira

Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer - San Francisco, CA
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Yes, many times state or local agencies will end up affecting your credit if you do not pay on time.

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