I don’t think parking enforcement officers should write tickets five minutes before the meters are free at 6 p.m. I don’t think they should write tickets a couple minutes after a meter expires. I don’t think people who get home from work at 5:50 p.m. should be forced to park on one side of the street for ten minutes and then come back outside and move their cars ten minutes later to the other side of the street.
But people get tickets all the time for this stuff.
Some say, “Rules are rules!” Let’s remember why we have parking enforcement: safety, turnover and revenue. There has to be room for common sense and there should be respect for residents and visitors.
Syracuse has a 10-minute grace period from when your meter expires. Some cities allow free parking for the first 15-20 minutes at a meter to help people making quick errands and getting lunch takeout.
Rochester should explore a program that has a little more flexibility. It might go a long way in fostering goodwill among citizens who are steamed about red light cameras and rampant ticket-fixing by police officers.
Links of the Day:
– Sounds like the City of Rochester tried to get rid of a parking official by honing in on two fixed tickets. One problem – everyone’s doing it, even the guy who brought her up on ethics charges.
– A teen’s car got wedged underneath a school bus in a serious crash in Brighton. An underguard may have prevented it.
– An Orleans County nun is charged with stealing $100,000 from two churches to support her gambling addiction.