(Huffington Post) In one New Mexico town you won’t just be in hot water for not paying your traffic fines, you won’t have any water at all.

Traffic violators in Las Cruces, New Mexico owe the city $600,000 in unpaid fines for running red lights and faced with budget woes town officials are making some big threats to get violators to pay up: Settle your fines or be forced to live without water, sewage and gas utilities, ABC News reports. By law the town can’t rely on the courts to recover the traffic fines, but thanks to a loophole they can stop providing residents with utilities if they are in debt to the town.

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