Modern Living: Year of the Scofflaw

Abandoned cars aren't all that is clogging the streets. When New York City police counted up their stubs for the first five months of this year, they discovered that they had handed out 1,750,432 parking tickets, some 300,000 more than last year. But they were horrified to find they had collected nearly $1,000,000 less in fines. Clearly, the scofflaws have taken over. Ten years ago, only 14% of the ticketed parkers ignored traffic summonses; currently, the rate is running at 54%.

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