5/19/2005Detroit Considers Bootfinder Car Confiscation System
The City of Detroit, Michigan may become the fourth city to use the Bootfinder camera system to scan and boot cars with unpaid tickets.
The City of Detroit may join New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut along with Arlington, Virginia as the fourth city to use the Bootfinder car confiscation system. The city hopes to have three cars equipped with the camera scanning system operational by June 1, although the deal has not yet been signed.
Detroit is currently only considering using boots on the 40,000 cars with enough unpaid tickets. Other cities such as New Haven have expanded into car confiscation which has generated $1 million in revenue in six months by seizing 1,800 cars. One woman had her Dodge Neon towed right out of her driveway while she was in the kitchen. She only owed $85 in back taxes.
Ruffin said he hopes to have at least three cars equipped with the system, which costs $75,000 to $100,000 per unit, upon its launch. Ruffin said he was unaware of the technical aspects of how the system works; the department is discussing the project with a manufacturing company, but Ruffin did not release the name because a deal has not been signed yet.Source: City may deploy cameras in crackdown on parking (Detroit Free Press, 5/19/2005)
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