The John Williams NewsClick: Should people be relieved of their non-moving violations?

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CHICAGO – AUGUST 1: A “Denver Boot” wheel lock is seen attached to a car in a parking lot August 1, 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Scofflaws with three unpaid parking tickets would be eligible for the boot under an ordinance passed July 31 by the Chicago City Council. Also, Chicago’s 500 “most wanted” parking ticket scofflaws – those owing from $7,000 to $42,000 – will be hit with lawsuits while amnesty is extended to those who owe $5,000 or less, under a compromise disclosed today. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley originally proposed permitting people with nine or fewer tickets issued before January 1, 2000, to pay them off at face value, without penalties, but under pressure from aldermen, he backed the measure that permits scofflaws with up to $5,000 worth of pre-2000 tickets to pay at face value. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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