Last Updated on November 28, 2014 by Lawrence Berezin
Pedestrian ramp parking tickets are on the rise
A great friend of New York Parking Ticket, Jeff, posted a comment about a pedestrian ramp parking ticket and tow he received while his chariot was parked in front of a legal pedestrian ramp. Despite the fact that the pedestrian ramp rule was revised by the NYC Council six years ago. Certainly cops and warriors had enough time to learn the revised rule, and stop issuing scam pedestrian ramp parking tickets.
That sort of bad behavior drives me nuts!
New York Parking Ticket has been obsessed about getting out the news of the 2008 change in the law. We have written numerous blog posts, replied to comments on our blog, spoken to many friends of New York Parking Ticket, and alerted the media. As a matter of fact, we were the guys to notify the Department of Transportation that the change in the law wasn’t published in the Highway and Traffic Rules (The DOT published the revised rule within 24-hours of our tweet).
Jeff’s story piqued my curiosity about the trend in pedestrian ramp parking tickets. I was shocked to learn that the number of pedestrian ramp tickets were rising while the overall number of parking tickets were significantly declining.
NYC Open Data is a super source of information
According to NYC Open Data… [Tweet “Between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 a total of 16, 024 pedestrian ramp parking violations were issued”] However, between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 a total of 16, 871 pedestrian ramp parking tickets were issued.
Amazing! This is the stuff, “wow” is made of.
The missing link here is that I don’t know how to filter the results of my research to identify the scam pedestrian ramp pedestrian ramp parking tickets from the legitimate pedestrian ramp parking tickets. The only way may be to research the place of occurrence for each individual parking ticket (I’m thinking of doing this). If it’s located mid-block, or at a ‘T’ intersection, without a marked cross walk, traffic signs, or traffic control device regulating traffic, it’s a scam parking ticket.
However, what is clear is that there were significantly more $165 pedestrian ramp parking tickets issued in during a six month period in 2014 than during the entire 2013 calendar year.
There is something rotten in Denmark… and NYC.
[Larry’s note: This is a revised blog post. My first article did not contain accurate data from the NYC Open Data Website. I have since returned to the scene of my data crime, and learned how to become a bit more proficient at adding filters to data sets to secure accurate parking ticket information. I apologize for the big oops].