Suffolk County To Start Booting Cars With Unpaid Fines

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County officials say they are owed millions in unpaid tickets and have a plan to collect the cash.

The new “Boot and Tow Program” is already in full swing in the county, according to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

Commercial vehicles with unpaid parking tickets have already begun to be booted, and come June, all vehicles that have $300 or more in unpaid fines will rendered unusable.

Authorities say there are more than $100,000 in outstanding red light camera tickets and $30 million in unpaid parking tickets.

Hall notes that Suffolk County police will be using new “smart boots” which will immobilize the vehicle for 48 hours. If a violator does not pay the ticket in that time, the car will be towed.

With the system, once the tickets are paid the boot can be unlocked remotely, so the owner does not have to wait for someone to arrive.

Suffolk motorists can pay unpaid parking and red-light camera fines at

The county does not allow payment plans.