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Drivers with unpaid parking tickets have one day left to avoid "the boot"

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

If you have unpaid Richmond parking tickets, you have less than 24 hours to pay your tab or your car could be going nowhere fast.

A new city program, which puts boots on cars that show the owner hasn't paid three or more parking tickets, starts April 1.

If you were missing $4 million, you'd probably do whatever you could to get it back. That's the concept behind the "Don't get the boot" program because there's $4 million Richmonders owe for not paying their parking tickets.

"This is something that a lot of people are cracking down on-- making sure that people pay their tickets," Department of Public Works Spokesperson Sharon North said. "That's revenue that the city could use!"

Emily Bolin, who lives in the notorious parking-problem-plagued Fan, gets that.

"I find it reasonable in a sense because it's really not that hard to go ahead and pay it," she said.

But that doesn't mean she doesn't understand the frustration of having your car end up with a boot.

"Maybe one day of bad parking and you forget about it and you have a boot on your car, that may be a little harsh," Bolin added.

In order to avoid that, the money for your unpaid parking tickets needs to come out of your pocket by close of business Thursday. While the program doesn't start until April first, City Hall, which is the only place you can pay, is closed for Good Friday.

"Nowadays everybody is pinching pennies, even the people who are getting the tickets, but you still have to pay them," North told us.

If you don't, and the cameras in the city's new van spot your car, your wallet will be hit even harder.

"If your car is booted, it's going to cost you more than if you come in and pay right now and just pay the tickets because right now there's not that additional $60 fee," North added.

The Department of Finance at City Hall is only open from eight to five Thursday.

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