Newport Police say they are launching their overdue traffic ticket “boot” program in which people who don’t pay their Newport parking tickets don’t get to drive their vehicle again until they do. The boot, as demonstrated in the above photo, if affixed to a car that records show has at least one parking ticket that is 45 days past due. The boot can also be applied to any vehicle that records show has four or more overdue parking violations.
To ensure everyone one who has an overdue parking ticket fully understands this new effort to collect past due traffic tickets, the city is mailing out notices to those ticket holders warning them that if they don’t pay them, their car may be booted. Once booted, only payment of the tickets can cause the boot to be removed, or if their vehicle was towed to a tow yard it’s the ticket(s) plus the tow and storage fee to the tow company.
Police say to show they mean business, a parking official booted a vehicle last Friday that had more than seven overdue parking tickets associated with it. The vehicle was booted where it was parked in the 500 block of NW 3rd Street.
If you’ve got overdue parking tickets, better head to Newport City Hall and take care of them.