At 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, Mayor Richard Scalera will hold a public hearing on Hudson's newest local law, enabling the Hudson Police Department to "boot" the cars of drivers with three unpaid parking tickets. After the public hearing, Scalera will likely sign the law, making it effective, so anyone with unpaid parking tickets is advised to pay them today.
Currently, the HPD is empowered to impound the cars of drivers with five or more unpaid parking tickets, but to the frustration of the Parking Ticket Bureau, nothing can be done--beyond adding surcharges to the original fines--to people with unpaid parking tickets who have not yet reached the five-ticket threshold. So now we have the boot, which presumably will have the effect of eliminating impounding altogether, since cars will be booted and people forced to pay their parking tickets long before they accumulate five unpaid tickets.
Still, it's better than the way things used to be. Not too many years ago, nonpayment of a parking ticket could result in a criminal summons, and offenders were taken from their homes and marched in handcuffs to the city jail.