MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Memphis police, aided by new license plate scanners, are cracking down on drivers who owe hundreds in outstanding parking tickets.
According to City Clerk Thomas Long, 194 vehicles have been towed for unpaid tickets between Jan. 2 and Feb. 8, resulting in more than $33,500 paid in tickets and fines, The Commercial Appeal reported.
The officers are using a new scanner that allows them to pick out cars with an excessive number of unpaid tickets. Long said the increased enforcement is serving as a deterrent to those who are afraid of getting towed for failing to pay a parking ticket.
Even well-known Memphis defense attorney Leslie Ballin found out he had to pay "a couple hundred bucks" in unpaid tickets, he told the newspaper.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com