Pedestrians vs. The NYC driving public. The prize is beating an NYC parking ticket for “blocking the box”
Ladies and Gentlemen, in the red corner you have NYC pedestrians and residents shouting about noise and traffic congestion. In the green corner, you have the NYC driving public yelling about draconian fines for trying to navigate through a crowded intersection during rush hour. This onerous NYC parking ticket costs $115. This is the main event.
Violation Code (VC) 9 prohibits:
Obstructing traffic at an intersection also known as “Blocking the Box”
The white crosswalk lines in NYC make a box. When a traffic light turns green, and traffic is stopped on the opposite side of the intersection, no operator can enter the box unless there is sufficient unobstructed space beyond the far crosswalk in the lane you are traveling to accommodate your vehicle; despite any traffic control signal allowing you to proceed. Whew, tough assignment.
“Blocking the Box” has been an emotional issue for many years in NYC. In a 2006 study conducted by Borough President Scott Stringer’s office, more than 3,000 blocking the box violations were observed at 10 locations in Manhattan during a single nine-hour period, but no driver received a ticket. As a result of the lack of compliance and enforcement of the NYC moving violation for “Blocking the Box,” legislation was enacted on July 7, 2008, making “Blocking the Box” a parking violation; subjecting the driving public to a fine, but no points.
“Blocking the Box” was accorded dual status as a moving violation and a parking violation.
Impact on the driving public
On one hand, the DOF giveth by eliminating 2 points and adverse impact on your insurance rates. On the other hand, the DOF taketh away by raising the fine in NYC from $90 to $115; and allowing any NYC parking ticket warrior to issue a summons for “Blocking the Box”. Prior to the legislation, only police officers could issue moving violations.
Can you beat this NYC parking ticket?