Milwaukee: Parking Tickets First, Ask Questions Later
Write the ticket first, straighten out the problem later.
Former Fox News Chicago reporter Steve Chamraz did a great piece for WTMJ 4 News spotlighting some very hard to digest parking enforcement policies from Chicago’s neighbor to the north.
The city is pushing parking checkers (Milwaukee’s version of a Parking Enforcement Aide) to write tickets even though they may know the ticket will be thrown out later.
Chamraz interviews several drivers who have been ticketed over and over for the same violations even even when the parking checker’s handheld device tells them the vehicle is in compliance.
This led to Milwaukee having to void over 38,000 parking tickets last year–about one million dollars in tickets.
“Our policy, again, is to issue the citation and straighten it out later,” said Thomas Sander, parking enforcement manager for Milwaukee.
Half of the 38,000 tickets were for overnight parking, but nearly 8000 of the voided tickets were for expired meters which were actually paid due to a one minute delay between when the meter is paid and when it shows up paid on the parking checker’s handheld computer.
Here’s WTMJ 4′s story and video, “Milwaukee parking checkers write tickets first, ask questions later.”