L.I. Drivers Urged To Pay Traffic Fines Ahead Of Boot And Tow Program

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Consider this a warning.

Nassau County drivers who think they’ve managed to avoid paying certain tickets are about to get a rude awakening.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

Starting next Monday, the county will begin booting or towing away vehicles to collect unpaid fines from scofflaws with three or more outstanding parking and red light camera tickets.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unveiled the new scofflaw patrol vans — equipped with license plate readers — on Monday.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“It will be actively seeking those that have three or more parking tickets or red light tickets and it will boot you,” Mangano said. “Two days later, it will tow your vehicle.”

Car being booted in Nassau County - Mar 19, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Car being booted in Nassau County - Mar 19, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

The boot will cost $166 to remove and towing will cost $125.

The movement is part of an effort by the cash-strapped county to recover much-needed revenue.

The county estimates it is owed some $49 million in unpaid traffic tickets.

  • Wallace Freeman

    An angle grinder is still the cheapest solution of all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGQMq3hNv-g

  • You got Booted

    Wow these people should pay tickets.Now it will be tickets plus boot release and tow.So they will be getting 2 new charges haha.Pay your tickets or get rid of car.Most people who dod not pay tickests also do not have insurance so this will help get these deathtraps off the streets.

  • Bart Simpson

    Is there a database we could check to see if we have any tickets?
    what if they mailed summons to an incorrect address?

  • Pat

    Since is a no points ticket with no insurance consequences in NY, I disagree. It’s just like a parking ticket. Obey the law and you have nothing to worry about….

  • goblin

    Red light cameras should be ourlawed!

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