If you can't parallel park...

then maybe you shouldn't be driving. From today's N&O, this quality story.

RALEIGH - One downtown irritant will vanish Tuesday if Councilman Philip Isley can persuade his colleagues to cut some slack.

Isley wants to end parking tickets for drivers who stray too far from the curb -- 12 inches by the rules.

The final straw for Isley came this week after Park Raleigh, the city's on-street enforcer, issued a ticket to a disabled driver who stopped by the newly opened Fayetteville Street on a whim.
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Raleigh's rules require parking no more than 12 inches from the curb, and ticket-writers write violations only when the gap is greater than 18 inches, said Gene Eggleston, Park Raleigh's project manager.

Eggleston looked at the 507 such violations written in July, he said, and found all of them between 18 inches and 4 feet.

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Page has a bad back, and he hung a doctor-issued handicapped sign over his dashboard.

It is hard to parallel park and get both tires within a foot, he said, and he wasn't blocking traffic.

"It bothers me that anyone would even come down, especially after we just opened" the street, Page said. "All of a sudden, this is what we're all about."

My take on this is:

1) If you can't parallel park, you shouldn't be able to drive, whether you are 16 or 66.

2) If you do away with this law, then people could park two feet from the curb, blocking traffic, and be completely within their rights, which means one car could destroy traffic patterns for all of downtown.

3) The police measure and give citizens a 50% cushion.

Comments

One foot is a lot

When I first saw people talking about this I thought the cops were in the wrong, but after reading that they had a foot and a half from the curb, it looks like the bad parkers were in the wrong.

18 inches

you have 12 by law, they don't give tickets for less than 18.

That is a big old gap.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

you guys want to win elections?

Here's a hint: don't side with the Parking police.

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

gas tax

I know Clinton blamed his Governorship loss of the gas tax.

Look, the law is 12 inches, they give you 18, if you can't park within 18 inches of a curb, you shouldn't be driving. That's my take, I'm sticking with it. It's not siding with the Parking police, it's logic and straight-talking dammit.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I am not running for anything anytime soon

Living on the edge of downtown Raleigh, poorly parked cars do become a danger by blocking lines of sight and narrowing roadways.

Also, one of the worst aspects of democracy is when politicians destroy good policy to cave to voters. One of the worst aspects of dictatorships, on the other hand, is usually horrible, horbile torture.

So, I guess I can live with annoyance of poorly parked cars to an extent.

Hmmmm

What if you have a really skinny car and when it's 2 feet from the curb it's still sticking out less than a big ol' fat car that's only 6 inches from the curb.

Looks to me like the parking police are measuring the wrong thing.

Here's an idea: What if

Here's an idea: What if they actually painted lines on the street to show where the parking space is, and said you have to park inside the lines instead of 12 inches from the curb?

That's a good idea

I'm worried about the inverse of Anglico's hypothetical: what if you drive a Hummer and you park 12 inches away from the curb. You're still driving a tank and it's still in the road. Painted lines would help.