Charlie Buttrey

June 8, 2019

Nothing says summer quite like the jingle of the bells on an ice cream truck as it saunters slowly down a hot city street, attracting a bevy of eager children.

That sound may be a little less common in New York City this summer.

According to this article at the CNN website, as part of “Operation Meltdown,” earlier this week, New York seized as many as 46 ice cream trucks. Over a stretch from 2009 to 2017, their operators had received 22,000 summonses — for running red lights, parking in front of hydrants, blocking intersections and so on — and $4.5 million in traffic fines, according to the city. To avoid the fines, the operators created shell companies and re-registered the trucks under different company names.

That’s cold!

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