The Hartford Parking Authority received nearly $52,000 as part of a summer amnesty program.
The program, which ran from June 23 to July 18, brought in $51,572, said Eric Boone, the authority’s CEO. It was done in advance of a crackdown on parking scofflaws, which began last Monday.
The parking authority this week began placing immobilizing boots on cars whose drivers have amassed five or more unpaid tickets. Boots are placed on vehicles for up to 24 hours, during which drivers may pay their outstanding fines. After 24 hours, cars may be towed.
In May, Boone said the authority was out to collect about $13 million in unpaid fines.
“We think [the amnesty program] was successful,” he said Friday. “Of course, we’d like to see as many people as possible take advantage of this. We’re happy to have received $51,000 that we did not have.”
The authority spent $6,000 on advertising for the amnesty program. As part of the program, motorists with citations more than six months old got a 20 percent discount if they paid their outstanding tickets. The discount applied to the total amount — fines plus penalties — for up to five citations.
The $51,572 represents 861 tickets that were paid by 721 people, Boone said. Of the 721, 37 were people who had five or more outstanding tickets.
Boone said there are still about 3,000 people with five or more unpaid tickets.