MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County is targeting traffic scofflaws by hiring a private firm to locate, boot, and tow vehicles that have three or more unresolved traffic violations.

“We are implementing a number of strong enforcement actions and the last thing we want to do is inconvenience them and have their vehicles towed,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos told 1010 WINS. “We need to get serious and they need to step up to their responsibility and pay their outstanding fines.”

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The booting program begins the second week in March, and is getting the attention of drivers with unpaid tickets.

“It’s a tough way to learn your lesson, but it’ll be a rude awakening for a lot of people,” one driver told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

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“Well you can kick and scream, but you know, at the end of the day, you better pay your tickets or like you said it’s gonna cost you more money when they boot you,” another driver said.

According to Newsday, removing the boot will cost $150; retrieving towed vehicles will cost $125, plus $20 per day for storage.

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

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