September 15, 2010
Parking ticket scofflaws face the boot, too
City councilors unanimously agreed Tuesday to give VioAlert Systems the power to put boots on the vehicles of anyone who has three or more unpaid parking tickets.
To get the boots off, the scofflaws have to pay the tickets and a $175 fee to remove the device from their wheels.
Police Chief John DiVenere said there are $123,000 in unpaid tickets piled up, but officials can only hope to collect about $50,000 of that amount.
He said that going off the worst scofflaws, some of whom owe as much as $300, will quickly send a message to everyone that they better pay off their old parking tickets.
City officials said they’re sure it will mean more revenue for the city at a time when every dollar counts.
In just the last few months, they’ve racked up about $200,000 by booting the vehicles of those who owe back property taxes.
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