How Can I Fight City Hall?
October 18, 2010 10:55 AM Subscribe
How can we keep the police from giving out arbitrary and illogical tickets on our block?
posted by kirkaracha to law & government (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live on the 400 block
of Lincoln Avenue (between 4th and 5th) in Alameda, CA. It's technically a two-way street, but it's practically a one-way street west-to-east because the only way to come in to the block from the east is to make a sharp turn (almost a U-turn) from Marshall Way (the diagonal street). You can't drive straight onto the block coming westbound on Lincoln Avenue because the main flow of traffic goes onto Marshall. You can't turn left onto Lincoln going northbound on 5th, and you can't turn right onto Lincoln going southbound on 5th.
Consequently, nearly everyone on the north side of the street enters Lincoln from the west (4th Street) end and parks on the north side facing east. (A few people at the extreme east end of the block park facing west.)
The police occasionally (once every couple of months or so as far as I can tell) will give someone a ticket for parking on the wrong side of the street. My wife got one a couple of months ago, and our neighbor just got one.
How can we get the police to stop giving people tickets when there's a clear community practice to park facing east? It's arbitrary and unfair to randomly give one person a ticket, but I don't want to bring that up because then they'll just give tickets to everyone. How would we go about getting the street converted to one way?
My wife also got a ticket for blocking our driveway. I've never heard of anyone getting a ticket for blocking their own driveway. Also, most of the homes on the blocks were built in the '20s and the driveways are too small for modern cars so hardly anyone actually parks in them.