Pam Zekman Strikes Again
Pam has struck another blow for parking ticket justice!
Just this past week, CBS 2′s Queen of Investigative Reporting, Pam Zekman did a report on motorists contesting “bogus” parking tickets but still being found liable for the violation.
The one woman’s plight spotlighted in Zekman’s piece, is found liable by a hearing officer for a meter violation even though the time on her receipt had not expired.
Zekman asks someone at the Dept. of Administrative Hearings to review the case, and the decision is reversed and the ticket dismissed.
But from Zekman’s story, I can see where the problem occurred. For some inexplicable reason, the women sent in two receipts with her letter contesting the ticket. The Administrative Law Officer (ALO) got confused and ruled against her.
That was a mistake on the woman’s part.
What purpose will a second receipt serve that’s unrelated to your story, but to just confuse matters?!?
IMPORTANT GEEK ADVICE: For God’s sake, just send the one receipt that proves you were not in violation!!!
Just keep it simple stupid. Always make sure the letter and evidence you send in when you contest a ticket by mail is logical, organized and makes sense to a 6th grader.
Have a friend or spouse read over your letter before you send it to make sure it can be readily understood.
Zekman also points out in her piece, a minor change in receipt display policy.
Originally, you were instructed to place your receipt on the dashboard on the driver’s side.
Now, the new receipts instruct to display on the dash curbside. This could mean passenger or driver’s side depending on whether you are on a one-way street or not.
My guess is that this “curbside” policy makes it safer for the PEA’s enforcing the meters, which is of course a good thing.
Zekman goes on to report, even though the instructions on the pay boxes contradict the receipt instructions currently, all the pay boxes will eventually be changed to reflect the new policy soon.
In the meantime, we are told, ticket writers are told to check the entire dashboard and even on the rearview mirror.
One final piece of advice, if you lose contesting a parking ticket, when you should have legitimately won, just give Pam Zekman a call. It’s less costly than filing an appeal in Circuit Court.