Parking tickets contribute to a successful Boston annual toy drive
The City of Boston offers the driving public an alternative to paying a non-public safety parking tickets of donating a brand, spanking new toy accompanied by proof the price of the new toy equals or exceeds the amount of the parking violation fine.
“Toys for Tickets has been a hugely successful part of the city’s annual toy drive,” Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “By offering those who have received a parking ticket a chance to give back to the community, we’ve created a positive experience for both the ticket payer and a Boston child in need this holiday season.”
The program began in 1993, and this year extended from Thursday, November 29, 2012, through Saturday, December 1, 2012. The program’s mission is to aid the city’s annual toy drive. During the 2011 holiday season, 119 parking tickets were resolved with toys that valued approximately $3,800 [via Charlestown Patch].
Did you know that…
“In a city of one million or more, the attaching or affixing by any means whatsoever of handbills or other forms of advertisements to a motor vehicle is hereby prohibited. In any prosecution for an alleged violation of this subparagraph, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person whose name, telephone number, or other identifying information appears on any handbill or other forms of advertisement attached or affixed to a motor vehicle shall be in violation of the provisions of this subparagraph [See, VTL Art. 9, Section 375 (ii)].
Can I cover my NY plate with glass or plastic?
“Number plates shall be kept clean and in a condition so as to be easily readable and shall not be covered by glass or any plastic material, and shall not be knowingly covered or coated with any artificial or synthetic material or substance that conceals or obscures such number plates or that distorts a recorded or photographic image of such number plates, and the view of such number plates shall not be obstructed by any part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon, except for a receiver-transmitter issued by a publicly owned tolling facility in connection with electronic toll collection when such receiver-transmitter is affixed to the exterior of a vehicle in accordance with mounting instructions provided by the tolling facility [See, VTL Art. 14, Section 402(1)(b)].
“Ripley’s Believe it or Not”
“German authorities are giving parking violators in one city an unexpected break by issuing tickets without fines.
The tickets, put on carelessly parked cars in Potsdam, including a fine of 0 euros and the cheerful message “Glück gehabt!!!” (Lucky you!!!). The new approach is designed to admonish motorists without hitting them in the wallet.
‘The tickets serve as a warning to parking offenders,’ said Regina Thielemann, a city of Potsdam spokeswoman. ‘They’re issued when the driver isn’t around. So they’re given written notice when they’d ordinarily only get a verbal warning. Potsdam, the state capital of Brandenburg just outside Berlin, earned around 1.2 million euros from parking fines in 2011, she said. Around 120,000 parking fines were issued last year.’ “[Via “Optimist News”].
Would this work in NYC?
I love what Boston does with their toys for tots program and parking ticket donation and Potsdam with their notes to parking criminals. Do you think the notes serve to rehabilitate parking ticket recidivism? Nah…