The Poughkeepsie City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring Nowik Independent (and like-minded cowboy tire clampers) to drop their recovery fee from $65 to $25. Nowik responded by using spiked devices and charging hapless motorists $129 to escape the obstacle. The council amended the ordinance— to no avail. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that local police have arrested several Nowik employees for continuing to spike cars and failing to display proper warning signage. Nowik's attorney vows to fight the charges, calling the clamp control laws "unconstitutional". The company faces fines of $750, equivalent to about five victims' payments.
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