Parking scofflaws about to get boot in Seattle

The dreaded parking boot arrives Tuesday on the streets of Seattle to immobilize the cars of parking scofflaws.
boot2015208595.jpgTwo city vans each carry a load of the U-shaped yellow devices. A scanning camera on the roof reads license-plate numbers of parked cars. Any vehicle with at least four overdue parking tickets may be booted.

When a plate number matches the city's "scofflaw" database of more than 20,000 vehicles, parking-enforcement officers will fasten the boot to a wheel an estimated 40 to 50 times a day.

To free their cars, drivers can call a service center in New Jersey to pay overdue fines plus a $145 boot fee by credit card, then receive a temporary code unlocking the boot. Or, they can go to an office to pay by cash, check or installment plans. Afterward, the 16-pound device must be returned to a city drop-off site.

Seattle is extending its "collection reduction event" two weeks, to July 15, for so-called scofflaws to pay their bills without collection fees and interest.
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