Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
NYC Parking Ticket Land is resplendent with seemingly unconnected activities that are connected
NYC parking ticket Freakonomics. 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. To clarify, it may be technically correct. Double parking is defined as stopping, standing, or parking alongside a vehicle standing or parking curbside), But, who would connect a $115 double parking ticket with the nano-second it takes to parallel park. If NYC wanted to ban parallel parking, then 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. You are technically double parking If you stop for a red light immediately adjacent to cars parked at the curb. As the Cheshire Cat explained to Alice, “we’re all mad here.”
More NYC parking ticket Freakonomic facts to follow
- 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, jaywalking was illegal in NYC. So, why encourage people with disabilities to cross in the middle of a roadway. 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. Parking ticket judges are chained to their oars to keep up with the 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 connected with our defense summary? How quickly does a judge tire of reading the words we’re prompted to fit into a small box? And so on. That is to say, I recommend against submitting your parking ticket for a hearing online.
The Evil Empire has improved the online process for fighting NYC parking tickets. Likewise, I now fight all my tickets online. Kudos to the Evil Empire for listening and making changes to improve the system.
Last but not least
- 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 an NYC parking ticket? Share
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