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Courtesy of DC DPW | 2/18/2009, 12:13 p.m.

The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) announced that it will now begin booting vehicles with outstanding photo enforcement tickets. Photo enforcement violations include red-light running, speeding, and parking on streets during street sweeping hours.

As of Jan. 30, 12,834 vehicles were boot eligible with 15,700 outstanding photo enforcement tickets representing $1,852,865 in fines.

"Law enforcement's public safety efforts will be enhanced by immobilizing vehicles with unanswered photo enforcement tickets," said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. "Too many violators ignore these tickets and have not changed their dangerous driving habits as a result."
District law states that a vehicle is boot eligible if it has two or more tickets that remain unpaid with no request for adjudication within 60 days of issuance or that remain unpaid after the owner's appeal rights have been exhausted.

"If you have outstanding photo enforcement tickets, I strongly encourage residents to pay them right away to avoid possible boot and tow fees," Howland said.

For more information on parking enforcement, residents should visit www.dpw.dc.gov, dmv.dc.gov, or call 311.