OLATHE, Kan – Some intimidating steel machinery seems to have helped a metro city collect thousands of dollars in overdue parking fines.
In 2008, the city of Olathe recruited the “parking boot” to crack down on violators who had racked up fistfuls of tickets. The enforcement tool prevents a car owner from driving away until his or her debt is paid.
According to the Olathe Police Department, the boot was applied to four different vehicles in late 2008. After that, a large number of people forked over their overdue fines.
The remaining vehicles on the “boot list” are no longer parking in the downtown area or have not received any more tickets, according to police. Drivers were on the list if they had more than $100 in delinquent fines.
“There aren’t any new names on the list, so the boot did what we wanted it to do,” said Sgt. Johnny Roland.
Before the boot hit the street, NBC Action News tracked down some of the top violators
to see why it had taken them so long to pay their debts.