CONGRATULATIONS TO Patrick Symmes for “That’s the Ticket” (9/24). He discussed the controversial ticketing issue and its myriad problems very well, with more and better details than have the authors of similar articles in the Washington Post and the Washington Times.
Granted, the “blue meanies” and District police may over-ticket in many parts of Washington, plus even put tickets on legally parked cars. And fighting tickets is a frustrating waste of time.
However, at least in my Dupont Circle neighborhood, I wish the District would enforce its “No Parking” laws even more. Especial ly on evenings and weekends, scoff laws brazenly park illegally—even when a meter maid or policeman is obviously ticketing cars a few feet away—where signs clearly state “No Parking/No Standing Anytime,” or in bus stops, in front of hydrants, between the building line and sidewalk, in intersections, crosswalks, driveways, loading zones, and on private property. At times, I’ve counted over a dozen vehicles illegally parked at 17th and P Streets, and I’m sure the violations are even worse in Georgetown and Adams Morgan.
And what about massive tractor- trailers, used by some companies instead of city-size trucks in the District, too big to fit into small, off-street loading zones? As they take a long time to unload, they are double-parked on the street for hours—usually with their lights out—blocking vehicles legally parked at the curb and reducing street traffic down to one clogged lane.