Unfair Parking Tickets Are Giving Cities a Good Revenue Source
My brother lives on a cul de sac, one of five connected into a street from the main street. At the entrance of this tract is a street sweeping sign:
“No Parking All Streets in this Tract 12 noon to 3 PM Friday Street Sweeping”
The only problem is, there is only one sign that covers the whole tract.
The city should sweep the streets. That would not be possible if there are cars parked there. However, there should be more signs and people should be made more aware of the signs. No one should be expected to stop at a corner of a street to read a sign because it might pertain to a place he will park in, several blocks away. Not knowing about the sign will result in a $60 fine.
My mother once got that ticket. She fought it on the grounds that there were no visible signs anywhere. The judge said that there were enough signs and reaffirmed the fine. Case closed. The city gets paid without properly disclosing the ordinance.
I thought it was bad enough in my neighborhood. There are street sweeping signs, about every 50 feet. Still, there are parking spots in which there are no signs visible. One would have to walk a few houses down to see a visible sign. Who does that if your destination is the house you parked in front of? Not many. I have not witnessed the traffic cop give tickets at my brother’s street, but I have in mine. In a span of one half a mile, 1 – 4 tickets are issued every time the streets are swept.
This is how otherwise law abiding citizens become law breakers. The situation can easily be fixed by painting the curb where these signs apply. I don’t see that anytime soon as this gives a good revenue source to the cities.