• A toy drive sponsored by the Campus Police and the Parking and Transportation Office allowed people to donate toys in lieu of paying parking tickets. Hazeb Adugna (left) and Larry Brutti of Parking and Transportation look at some of the donated toys.

    A toy drive sponsored by the Campus Police and the Parking and Transportation Office allowed people to donate toys in lieu of paying parking tickets. Hazeb Adugna (left) and Larry Brutti of Parking and Transportation look at some of the donated toys.

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Toys donated in lieu of parking fines

A toy drive sponsored by the Campus Police and the Parking and Transportation Office allowed people to donate toys in lieu of paying parking tickets. Hazeb Adugna (left) and Larry Brutti of Parking and Transportation look at some of the donated toys.


Thirty-eight MIT scofflaws and 10 law-abiding citizens donated 55 new trucks, dolls, games and other toys to the Toys for Tickets program. Fines totaling $760 were forgiven on the 38 outstanding parking violations.

The toys will be donated to the Salvation Army and Consilio Hispano, a Cambridge social service agency.

This is the second year that the Parking and Transportation Office had sponsored the amnesty program. "The city of Boston ran a similar program three or four years ago and I thought it was a great idea," said Campus Police Sgt. Cheryl N. Vossmer, who suggested that Parking and Transportation adopt it.

"We did well," said Lawrence R. Brutti, operations manager of Parking and Transportation. A year ago, 28 toys were donated in return for amnesty on tickets worth $560.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 19, 2001.


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