Spring means open season on ticket scofflaws in Amityville.

Under pressure to find new revenue and cut down on a backlog of 4,000 unpaid tickets, village trustees voted 5-0 Monday night to strengthen a law that lets police "boot" vehicles with three or more outstanding summonses, warrants or unpaid fines anytime they find them.

Previously, police had to catch a vehicle while it was in violation in order to apply the device, which immobilizes a vehicle when applied to one of the wheels.

"This is house cleaning," said trustee Kevin Smith, who said some of the unpaid tickets have sat on village books for years.

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The village is owed $400,000 in unpaid tickets, trustee Nick LaLota estimated. About $40,000 is owed by drivers with three or more violations, he said.

Drivers have about a week before the law is filed with the state and becomes enforceable. "Folks out there who want to come clean, now's the time to do it," LaLota said.