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Posted: 5/27/2003 9:19:25 AM EDT
[url]http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/87174p-79426c.html[/url] Ticket for what? Almost anything Even feeding birds draws a summons By MAKI BECKER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Ella and Serge Shroitman (with daughter Stephanie) were ticketed for blocking their own driveway. Alexander Ortiz wast icketed for improperly bundling newspapers to be recycled. Pedro Nazario was ticketed for feeding pigeons in public. That black license plate frame that came with your car? Illegal. $55 fine. Taking up two seats on a train? $50. Feeding pigeons in the park? Another $50. It used to be that most cops wouldn't bother writing a ticket for minor and obscure infractions. But with the city hurting for money, ordinary citizens suddenly are finding themselves shelling out hard-earned cash to pay fines for things they didn't even know were against the law. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association charges the city has a ticket quota and that there's more pressure than ever on cops to write summonses. The city denies the charges. But anecdotal evidence is mounting - including the Daily News' report last week about a Bronx man who got a summons for sitting on a milk crate. The News asked readers to submit their personal tales of ticket blitz woes, and dozens responded. Jacob Walzer, 28, an office worker from Borough Park, Brooklyn, said he got a nasty surprise last Tuesday when he spotted that dreaded orange envelope under the wiper of his car parked on W. 47th St. near 12th Ave. The ticket was for "improperly displayed plates." His rear plate has a black frame around it - a big no-no, as far as the Department of Motor Vehicles is concerned. "Every car in the city has a frame from the dealer," said Walzer, who didn't realize the frames are illegal. "There are so many laws that people don't know about." Tired of playing bad cop Officers say they, too, are unhappy with the ticketing blitz, which has them feeling like they're being forced to play the bad guys. "They call it productivity goals, we call it quotas, and it's a very stressful situation," said Drew Bailey, a Brooklyn union official with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Cops in Brooklyn South, for instance, have been told to write summonses to wayward bicyclists for infractions such as coasting with their feet off the pedals or for riding bicycles without bells, Bailey said. The PBA even launched a $100,000 ad campaign called "Don't Blame the Cop," charging that law enforcement officers are being pressured to issue more tickets. "I just feel like now, it's a switcheroo game to find ways to trick people to give them tickets," said T.J. Brady, 29, an electrical supplies salesman who was socked with a $105 parking ticket after he left his car overnight on 10th Ave. in midtown Manhattan last week. The sign posted overhead indicated it was legal: metered parking from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and a no-standing zone from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brady didn't see a sign - inside the meter - that said "no standing." But the little sign inside the meter didn't even give the no-standing hours. Mayor Bloomberg has defended the city's crackdown, saying the police are simply doing their job. And he has urged New Yorkers to start obeying all the city's laws - and suck it up if they get a ticket. "Don't throw litter on the streets, and you won't have a problem," he said Wednesday at a Coney Island press conference. "Don't park illegally and you won't have a problem - but we can't have it both ways. We can't have laws that say 'No Parking Here' and then you complain when we give out tickets." Have you been the victim of an outrageous summons? The Daily News wants to know your story. E-mail details along with your day and night phone numbers to: opinion@edit.nydailynews.com
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 9:29:53 AM EDT
And people wonder why we look at every law through the lens of a worst case scenerio. Many people don't care what's passed, just what's enforced. I hate hearing "they don't enforce that anyway" when debating law from otherwise bright people. It takes something like this scenerio to wake people up to the power handed to the Local, State, and Federal governments. And this is for little stuff...
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 9:33:42 AM EDT
Well, in the most extreme scenario, the population would revolt against the local government and put a stop to it. Except... we're talking about NYC and nobody has any guns. Speaking of which, Wave hasn't been around here as much lately... [:D]
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 9:36:37 AM EDT
Simple answer - [b]Vote with your feet. Vote with your tax money. LEAVE the city. Move.[/b]
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 9:38:49 AM EDT
I got pulled over in Texas for having a license plate frame that said "My God can beat up your god!" He said it was offensive and wrote me a warning for having burned out license plate lights. Ends up they weren't burned out and he wouldn't turn off his headlights that were beaming on my trunk for me to prove to him that they did work. Not New York, but the thing about the licence plate frames reminded me of that.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 9:50:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BenDover: Well, in the most extreme scenario, the population would revolt against the local government and put a stop to it. Except... we're talking about NYC and nobody has any guns. Speaking of which, Wave hasn't been around here as much lately... [:D]
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Execpt the criminals
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 10:54:54 AM EDT
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This could (and should) backfire on the Mayor's plan to increase revenue. Prospective visitors should stay away, and everyone who gets a ticket should go to court. I don't know about N.Y. law, but in Texas it only costs $5 to have a jury trial for such misdemeanors and the jurors are paid $10 each. Those idiots in charge would figure out fast that this is a money losing situation. (Not to mention tying up the courts.)
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 10:55:10 AM EDT
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