Fighting parking tickets

May 12, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
There is a new way for drivers to fight those dreaded parking tickets in New York City. By plugging in a little information into a Web site, you find out your chances of getting the ticket tossed. Best of all, it's free.

Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson has the story.

Most people have a hate-hate relationship with parking tickets. It's just part of living in the five boroughs, where each day, police hand out more than 40,000 parking tickets. Kenny Fusco knows the drill.

"I was double parked outside my store, I was sitting in the car for like two seconds," he said. "And the lady came up, scanned the window and gave me a ticket."

Parking tickets can cost you as much as $165, for doing this or not paying attention to that. But when you get a summons, then what? Should you pay it or fight it?

The creators of hope your next stop is with them.

In a matter of minutes and at no cost, you can get a better idea of where you stand in terms of a possible dismissal.

Here's how it works: You type in your ticket number and your vehicle registration, then answer a series of questions about your violation. Then, it's all processed. A green check means fight your ticket, because there are at least two possible grounds for dismissal.

So you ask, who looks at all this information? It's not a who, but a what.

"We have several different tests in our proprietary system and no individual actually eyeballs any of this," creator Glen Bolofsky said. "It's all done by computer."

The creators admit that the goal is to lure people in with the free analysis with the hopes that they will continue on and pay for the company to then fight the ticket.

That's when you can opt to put down a deposit, half the amount of the ticket, and have the team present your case. Or you can walk away with the recommendation and fight it on your own. But keep in mind, although you now know there are two possible grounds for dismissal of this ticket, the program does not list those specific points.