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October 28, 2012 7:29 PM Subscribe
Why does the city ignore the possibility to write lots of easy parking tickets?
posted by mrfuga0 to travel & transportation (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I park three days a week in the east campus area of my university, which is a very student-centered area (almost all the houses are broken into apartments, almost all the residents are college students, there are several frat houses). My town is about 50,000 people in the Midwest, with a large state university that is the main employer in town. Every day I park in this area (which is city property, not university property), I witness the same parking violations. Some are flagrant (parking in front of a fire hydrant, parking in all yellow, parking on the sidewalk, parking on a strip that is clearly marked No Parking). Some are very minor (two wheels in yellow, two wheels past the No Parking signs, parking slightly into a driveway without actually blocking it). I notice that these violations are in the same places every time and the cars are parked there all day (not just for an hour or so).
I have called the fire marshal for the fire hydrant issue (I don't want anyone to die), but even when they say they are going out to check, the same cars park in front of the same hydrants week after week. The only call I made that seems to have changed any behaviors was when I called about a poor kid in a wheelchair who couldn't go along the sidewalk because there were cars parked on it. After that complaint, I haven't seen any cars on that particular sidewalk.
So my question is: why doesn't the city go after this low-hanging fruit? They could easily make $200-$500 a day in tickets ($10-$50 a ticket/at least 10 violations in my three block radius). It's not a manpower issue, because I see the city parking people drive by at least twice a day and ignore these violations. Could it be a town-gown issue, where the city has elected to ignore these violations to keep the peace? Or is it more expensive to write a ticket than it is to get the money? Why would a city have parking regulations and then not enforce them?
PS: I realize part of my concern comes from being annoyed that these kids park illegally while I drive around like an idiot trying to find a legit space. If your response is that I should take a Xanax and chill out, then I already realize that.