Mangano kicks off Nassau scofflaw plan

Nassau County puts wheel boot locks on six vehicles on the first day of its crackdown on unpaid parking or red-light camera tickets. Under the program, a scofflaw is a vehicle owner who has not responded to three or more tickets. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser (March 26, 2012)

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Nassau County booted six vehicles Monday as it kicked off its program targeting parking and red-light camera scofflaws, County Executive Edward Mangano said.

"We want to start out slowly to see how it works and what problems may arise, so we plan on doing five a day for the next week or so," Mangano said.

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The booting Monday was all for parking violations; one vehicle owner paid $412 in fines, penalties and booting fees while another owes $1,200, officials said. A vehicle owner who has not answered three or more tickets is considered a scofflaw.

John Marks, a retired judge who runs Nassau's Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, said he expects the booting to expand to about 15 cars a day within the next two weeks. "We only have one two-man crew, and the contractor is not sure when that will increase," he said.

The program operator, New Jersey-based PayLock, will receive $166 for each vehicle it boots.

The county is owed about $10 million from owners of more than 8,000 cars.

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Mangano said vehicle owners can avoid the booting process by paying the county the amount due. Parking tickets can be paid online at www.nassaucountyny.gov by clicking "eServices" and then going to "pay parking tickets online." Residents can call 866-790-4111 for information on outstanding red-light camera tickets. The Nassau Traffic and Parking Violations Agency can be reached at 516-572-2700.

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