NYC Parking Ticket Land is resplendent with seemingly unconnected activities that are connected
I love freakonomics. I’ve read many definitions of the term, but prefer thinking of freakonomics as a data driven quest to find a hidden connection between two seemingly unconnected activities. For example, connecting the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision of Roe v. Wade to a reduction in crime. Or exploring a connection between sumo wrestlers and school teachers.
The authors of “Freakonomics” are launching a new book on May 13, 2014 called “Think Like a Freak,” which has inspired this blog post.
Here is Larry (thinking like a freak) and connecting 5 seemingly unconnected activities in NYC Parking Ticket Land
5 NYC parking ticket freakonomic facts
- Parallel parking and a parking ticket for double parking Our customers have been issued double parking tickets while in the process of parallel parking. This freaky custom is especially prevalent in Manhattan. True, it is technically correct (double parking is defined as stopping, standing, or parking alongside a vehicle standing or parking curbside), but who would ever connect a $115 double parking ticket with the nano-second it takes to stop, put your chariot in reverse, and back into a vacant parking space? If NYC wanted to ban parallel parking, then it should be the decision of the NY City Council to legislate it out of existence
- Stopping for a red light and a parking ticket for double parking Leave your common sense at the bridge or tunnel while driving in NYC, here’s the Cheshire Cat’s explanation of this freaky fact. If you stop for a red light in the travel lane immediately adjacent to the chariots parked at the curb, and happen to be waiting for the traffic light to change, you are technically double parking. As the Cheshire Cat explained to Alice, “we’re all mad here.”
- A legal pedestrian ramp and an illegal $165 NYC parking ticket In December 2008, the parking rule for pedestrian ramps was revised, making it perfectly legal to park in front of certain pedestrian ramps with no marked crosswalks, traffic control devices, or traffic signs regulating traffic. These “legal” pedestrian ramps were generally found at ‘T’ intersections. In other words, our fair city decided since parents wouldn’t let their children cross in the middle of a city street, or, since jaywalking was illegal, why invite people with disabilities to risk their lives navigating this dangerous roadway crossing. But to this day, cops and warriors are still issuing illegal curb cut $165 parking tickets. C’mon man (and woman)! Stop it!
- An online parking ticket hearing and justice The Evil Empire promises you a decision on your parking ticket case within 10 days, if you agree to a hearing online. In other words, speed trumps justice. NYC parking ticket judges are chained to their oars and rowing fast trying to keep up with the chaotic pace of endless parking ticket hearings. What is the judge’s quota of hearings per hour (sorry, I mean “performance goals” per hour)? Do we know whether our evidence connects with our defense summary when our case arrives for its 15 seconds of fame before the judge? How quickly does a judge tire of reading the words we’re prompted to fit into a small box? And so on. Until the driving public is privy (through the media) of raising the curtain on this secret process, I recommend against submitting your parking ticket for a hearing online.
- A yellow curb and a fire hydrant parking ticket I receive a bazillion telephone calls from irate members of the driving public claiming the non-existence of a yellow curb marking the 15 foot no fly zone between the fire hydrant and their car. It breaks my heart to tell them they’re as likely to find a yellow painted curb to mark the 15 feet, as finding…
Now it’s your turn. How ’bout sharing some NYC parking ticket freaky facts of your own. Are there seemingly unrelated activities you’ve endured in NYC Parking Ticket Land that connected you with a NYC parking ticket? Share!