By the end of the month, all parking tickets in Boston will be waterproof.
That will force some people to give up a favorite excuse.
The Boston Globe says parking enforcement officers are getting $2,500 computers that print out tickets on waterproof paper. They’re expected to eliminate illegible citations.
The city’s transportation commissioner says the book-size devices will also minimize the potential for human error. They will help officers keep track of cars parked in spaces with time limits but no meters.
Boston has collected more than $62 million in parking fines over the past year on some 1.5 million tickets.
I always thought this would have made a good excuse, but also thought I’d get found out and ended up paying any parking ticket I’ve ever gotten. Of course, none have been from the City of Boston, so maybe I’m off-base. Will this really get rid of people getting out of their tickets, or just from using the “it rained” excuse?