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First cars get booted in Portland; 2014 Mustang had $16K in parking tickets

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Car booted in Portland on Wednesday with more than $16,000 in unpaid parking tickets. (Source: Portland Bureau of Transportation) Car booted in Portland on Wednesday with more than $16,000 in unpaid parking tickets. (Source: Portland Bureau of Transportation)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

On the first day of cars getting booted for unpaid fines in Portland, a 2014 Ford Mustang was found with $16,000 in unpaid parking tickets.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation began using boots on cars Wednesday for drivers with more than $500 in unpaid parking tickets or six other delinquent citations.

The bureau posted on Twitter that four cars were booted Wednesday with accumulated fines totaling more than $25,000.

The first vehicle to get a boot had $3,000 in unpaid parking tickets. The boot was removed after the owner made payment arrangements with the court.

A 2014 Ford Mustang was booted for having $15,956 in unpaid parking fines, according to PBOT.

"It's crazy, he must have parked here for like a month or more without paying tickets," said Taddeo Nickolus. 

Many downtown Wednesday say they think the boots are a good idea.

“If this is what it takes for them to realize that, hey, you actually need to pay for a parking pass then do it,” Fatima Palmer said.

“I agree with the boot because, you have to pay the fines for your tickets,” Jason Williams said.

City leaders said using the boot gives people a chance to pay their fines without added towing fees. If the vehicle owner settles the fine, the boot is removed within an hour.

If a fine is not paid after 36 hours, the car is towed away.

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