With 85,000 unpaid parking tickets totaling more than $4 million, the city of Spokane is now considering bringing back the boot to curb the parking problem.
Spokane used the boot before back in the 1980s and is considering bring them back. Parking enforcement would have license plate readers and if someone is in violation they'd look up their plate and if they're a repeat offender, they'd boot their car.
"Sure I have tickets but I always pay them," Cyrus Vaughn, who parks downtown, said.
Not everyone follows the rules though. In fact, 3,500 people have racked up four or more unpaid parking tickets on Spokane streets. Several have upwards of 250.
"The city has no recourse against those," city spokesperson Julie Happy said.
But that could change with wheel boots that immobilize a car. The boot program would target repeat offenders, those with four or more unpaid tickets.
"You would be sent a notice in the mail that you are now eligible to be booted and towed, you'd have 10 days to either set up a payment option, challenge the ticket or set a court date," Happy said.
If you don't take any action and get caught violating parking rules, again you'll be booted. The boot would stay on for two days and if at that point you still haven't done anything to fix the ticket problem your car would be impounded.
"If that's what it takes, then it makes sense," Trevor Munsey said.
"You gotta pay your parking tickets, and it's not fair that people can have 16 unpaid parking tickets for so long and not have any action or any repercussions for it," Kaite Curran said.
While some support the idea, others aren't so enthusiastic.
"I just think it's wrong," Mary Reno said. "I'm not a fan of the boot … if you are in a hurry or something and you are trying to get to your car and that boot's on, you are stuck."
The city hopes the boot makes notorious parking offenders kick their bad habit to the curb and pay up.
The city council is expected to vote on the boot program on December 9. If approved the city plans to purchase up to 15 boots.