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'Parking Ticket Amnesty' begins

Parking scofflaws will have roughly two months to pay their debts to Kenmore before a new local law that will result in the towing of their vehicles is enforced.

Village officials have announced a "Parking Ticket Amnesty" program that gives the registered owners of vehicles with unpaid tickets until May 31 to pay up.

Those who know or suspect they have unpaid tickets can call the Police Department at 875-1234. Within the next week, a link will be posted on the village's website [www.villageofkenmore.org] to search a partial list of delinquent tickets by name or license plate number.

Once amnesty expires, it'll be open season on three-time offenders whose vehicles are spotted by police within village limits. License plate readers mounted on two police cars can pick out moving and parked vehicles with unpaid tickets.

With more than $500,000 in unpaid tickets dating back to 2003, Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte approached village officials about adopting legislation that's modeled after a similar ordinance downstate. The Kenmore Village Board adopted the law March 6.

A 341-page list identifying almost 12,000 license plates with unpaid parking tickets has been narrowed down to approximately 500 three-time offenders, according to Assistant Police Chief Peter J. Breitnauer.

News of the department's plan first was reported in The Buffalo News in late February. Delinquent ticket payments quickly began flowing in.

"We received approximately $3,600 in late tickets [payments] during the month of March," Breitnauer said Friday.

The date on which the law hit the books is unknown; the last step was filing it with the secretary of state within 20 days after its final approval.

"We're waiting for the state to get back to us," Breitnauer said.

A spokesman for the Department of State didn't respond Friday to a reporter's request for a status update.

Cash or money orders will be accepted when parking tickets are paid in person. Money orders also may be mailed in, and the village's website will offer an option for payment with credit cards.

email: jhabuda@buffnews.com