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NE Texas Woman Fighting Traffic Ticket That Isn’t Even Hers

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News
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EAST TAWAKONI (CBSDFW.COM) – A traffic stop six years ago has turned into a major legal headache for a Northeast Texas Mother.

She didn’t even get the ticket.

Tamera McLaughlin is a mother of four who lives in East Tawakoni, but in Dallas she’s considered a court skipping, law breaking rebel.  “It’s very frustrating!” says McLaughlin “It makes me angry!”

She says it all started 2 years ago when she went to renew her driver’s license.  Instead of getting it in the mail she got a surprise.  It was a letter saying her license was suspended until she took care of two citations.

“I hadn’t had a ticket in several years,” says McLaughlin “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Eight numbers are what turned this mother into a potential scofflaw.  Years before another man was pulled over in Dallas for running a red light and not having a driver’s license.  He did give the officers a driver’s license number and the ticket proves that.  But the number was actually McLaughlin’s.  “I don’t know how my driver’s license number came to be on the ticket,” says McLaughlin.

For two years now she has been trying to clear her name, but can’t even get copies of the ticket.  The City of Dallas refuses to release that information to me,” says McLaughlin “Because my name is not on the ticket.”

No matter how many times she tries and how many people she talks to she’s gotten nowhere.  “I’m at my wits end trying to get a resolution,” says McLaughlin.

She’s not the only one suffering any more.  Her 17-year-old son can’t get his license now because her license is suspended so she can’t legally give the necessary consent.  “A mistake was made.  The easiest thing to do is fix the mistake,” says McLaughlin.

The Department of Public Safety is looking into what  may have happened so is the Dallas Municipal Court.  McLaughlin has been told the only way to really take care of the problem is to hire an attorney.

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