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Nassau County Begins Boot And Tow Program

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Scofflaw patrol van filled with boots (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Scofflaw patrol van filled with boots (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County will begin booting or towing away vehicles on Monday to collect unpaid fines from scofflaws with three or more outstanding parking and red light camera tickets.

WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reports

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unveiled the new scofflaw patrol vans, equipped with license plate readers, last week.

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

Many Nassau County residents aren’t happy with the new program.

“Too extreme,” said Lindenhurst resident. “Three tickets? Come on. There are people out there doing a lot more worse things than parking tickets.”

But others are defending it.

“If you look at it right now, you got to be responsible,” said one driver. “If you have a ticket, you got to pay.”

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.

Fore more information on Nassau County’s boot and tow program, click here.

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