MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s cash-strapped Nassau County is targeting parking ticket scofflaws in an effort to collect up to $16.2 million.

The county is going after 14,000 drivers who haven’t paid for three or more tickets in any 18-month period.

“It’s money owed to the taxpayers, it’s obviously money that can help offset the cost of government, so we’re going to make an effort to collect those dollars,” said county executive Ed Mangano.

The crackdown focuses on motorists of unpaid parking tickets and red light violations. It goes into effect in July. Until then, Nassau is offering motorists a chance to negotiate a reduced settlement.

Under the program, violators whose cars are parked at any Nassau public parking location or street could find a locked boot on their car wheel. The owner would have to pay the tickets before the boot could be removed.

Until now, motorists who failed to pay their tickets had their names turned over to a collection agency.

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