Originally Posted by desertlizard
....I parked with the back tire on the diagonal lines beside the handicap spots, and the front tire on the walkway between the cars....The ticket for parking in a handicap zone they gave me is $518 if paid within 7 days and $588 if paid later than 7 days. I did make sure I would not be in the way if a van with a wheelchair ramp need the space. I also wanted there to be plenty of walking room....
You have two considerations here: the LETTER of the law and the SPIRIT of the law. If you parked as stated, you DID NOT block disabled access and this is a REALLY CHICKEN SHIT ticket! (And F'G expensive, also!)
Originally Posted by Bobnoxous
....Isn't the sidewalk private property? I've never understood why we let the city dictate how we can use our own property. What's next, we'll get ticketed for parking a car incorrectly in our driveway? This encroachment on our private property rights is hitting high gear, and it's our fault for letting these "good rules" get started in the first place.
Yes, I agree that the parking enforcement Nazi's are getting a little out of control! In many communities, you can be fined for parking "incorrectly" in your own driveway!
Originally Posted by Daman858
....2. Striped areas are called safety zones. Most have laws that say there is no parking or driving in safety zones. 3. Sidewalks, even in front of your house, are for public use and most places have a law that says you can't park on the sidewalk. 4. Mall parking lots, etc., are generally known as traffic ways open to the use of the general public and traffic and parking laws can be enforced even though it is property owned by a private company. ....nothing could provoke an argument from a citizen more than a parking ticket. Many disabled people are very vocal about the so called handicapped zones and complain if a non-permit vehicle even has one tire over the line....
Yup, nothing will get you a use of force faster than a parking cite! For some reason, people just nut up tighter than a 50 gallon drum--no matter how much they deserved the cite. I will issue only for public safety hazard (fire department access) or by complaint (legit violation only, such as disabled spot).
Originally Posted by cfell
Wanna get them real EXCITED? Go get a handicapped MOTORCYCLE license plate.
My panties are wadding already....