Waterproof Tickets

Following up on Jeff‘s post, via WSOCTV:

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?

2 Comments so far

  1. Jeff (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

    I saw the same article linked from Fark. The ticketing is absolutely absurd. Doing the math, last year, the city collected roughly $100 per each citizen!

    What on earth are they doing with all that money? I think I’d like to see an itemized list…

  2. bri (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 3:55 pm

    recently i got a parking ticket in beacon hill for parking during street cleaning. as far as i can tell, all the tickets are already waterproof, at least around here. street cleaning was at 8am. i got there at 8:15 and already had a ticket — the ticket agent got there and logged the ticket at 8:06. they’re like vultures: they wait around until 8 then slap everyone with fines.

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