Boystown Parking Ticket Mystery Solved! There Is No Mystery
Mysterious “Unticketable” Car Is Actually Parking Legally
There’s been somewhat of a minor local internet scuttlebutt surrounding a post on the HillBuzz blog.
The amateur sleuths at HillBuzz have been diligently tracking what they term “Boystown Mystery: The Case Of The Unticketable Car,” for the past few days.
Essentially, the website has been following what they feel is an illegally parked car that never, ever, ever gets tickets.
The Second City Cop blog picked up their post, and then things got really hot.
Lots of speculation regarding clouted city big wigs who were above the law and the alleged existence of a “DO NOT WRITE” category which prevented certain vehicles from being ticketed.
Even this website was (for obvious reasons) titillated by the story.
However, after viewing additional photos of the alleged illegal parking spot, provided in an update on the HillBuzz blog, and personally inspecting the spot in question, it doesn’t look like the BMW in question is illegally parked.
The vehicle is behind the sign where the driver would have to feed the meter, but there is no other sign (No Parking/Tow Zone, etc.) making the yellow curbed area anything other than a perfectly legal, free space.
Hat tip to frequent contributor, and Parking Enforcement Aide for the the city, “DoR Employee” who goes on to say in our comments, “just because a vehicle is in a yellow striped zone, doesn’t make it illegally parked.”
Many drivers, wrongly assume the painted yellow curb automatically prohibits a vehicle from parking there. But this is not the case. It’s an easy mistake to make.
Our Dept. of Revenue source also says there’s no such thing as a “DO NOT WRITE” category on their AutoCITEs, the handheld computers used to issue parking tickets.
What the driver is doing, and quite smartly so, is taking advantage of a loophole in the street markings.
I would do the exact same thing if I happened to hangout in Boystown and saw that open parking spot.
After this dust up, don’t expect that spot to last very long. I would be surprised if the sign is not changed by the end of the week.
And, with a bit of research, one can see the vehicle is certainly not immune to parking tickets, having received 30 tickets since 2007. Many of them contested and dismissed. Others paid.
In my opinion, by the type of violations issued on the car’s ticket history, the driver parks in that spot a lot and is regularly ticketed improperly for parking in a legit spot.
So, there’s a really great reason why the car doesn’t get ticketed–IT’S PARKED LEGALLY!!!
Ultimately, while it sounded like an exciting story, ripe with political drama, it essentially is much ado about nuthin’.