Lexington Struggling To Make Illegal Parkers Pay

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Writing parking tickets for officers in
the state's second-largest city isn't a problem, over 60,000 have
been tucked under windshield wipers over the last three years. Getting them paid, however, is another matter.

Less than half of the tickets have been paid off, shorting the
city nearly $1 million in revenue, leaving city officials wondering
how to better enforce the law.

The city's collection problems, including missing registration
information and a lack of enforcement, are widespread. The city
sends out just one notice a year to delinquent payers and lets
out-of-state residents go scot-free. Many of the city's most
frequent abusers say they never receive notice from the city about
the number of tickets they've racked up.

"The main thing we're comfortable saying is that there hasn't
been clear management, focus and goals," said Gary Means, the
executive director of the city's new parking authority. "The
parking authority is going to establish some policies and put them
into place."

Downtown business owners say the scarcity of street parking in
the area combined with the lack of enforcement allow some to abuse
the system. It's not unusual for some parkers to put a quarter in
the meter in the morning, then park for hours without going to
check the meter.

"Nobody ever goes to check," said John Popovich, part-owner of
Mithril Ltd. Fine Jewelers. "It wouldn't be bad if people parked
for an hour ... It is being monitored; it's just not being
monitored as frequently as it needs to be."
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-15-07 1640EDT


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  • by Stephanie Location: Frankfort on Jul 16, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Believe it or not, I am a fan of police and their work. Not only does their job consist of helping people in trouble, finding robbers or stolen vehicles, but also keeping the city a safe place to live AND DRIVE. Everyone loves a cop when they are in trouble. Everyone hates a cop when they enforce a law you’ve broken. When people disobey no parking signs, and stay at a meter too long, not only are they making it difficult to manuver through a crowded city street, but they are also jip business owners who lose customers who do not stop in because parking is not available nearby. Suck it up and pay the ticket. If you break a speeding law, you’re going to pay 5x more than if you break a parking law. Are you going to not pay that one too? I guess having your license revoked would keep you from breaking either of the above laws... Maybe the city should adopt a “three strikes, you’re out” policy where once you have 3 unpaid tickets, your license is suspended. That may keep people on thier toes and keep their slates clean.
  • by FF972 Location: herethereandeverywhere on Jul 16, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    lulu, Sounds to me like you are just a low life white trash. If you knew anything about government tickets help fund many diffeent thing in many cities from children programs to drug rehab programs. You probably moved out of Lex because you didn't pay your tickets. It's people like you that give our city a bad reputation because its all about poor lulu. I personally think the city should actively try to get this money. If you are going to do something illegal then you need to pay for it. These tickets are a problem if you don't want to pay them then either carpool or take a bus grow up people and be responsible adults, if you mess up fess up.
  • by lulu Location: anywhereiwannabe on Jul 16, 2007 at 06:06 AM
    Geshhhhh, Nag,Nag!!! Lexington is all about the MONEY!!! When I read This There Carring On Like They Have Been Robbed {LMBO} Its Not Enough That The People Pay there Taxes Too Drive These Streets BUT Then They Must PAY to PARK There CAR Too Spend There HARD EARNED TAX PAYING MONEY inside These Downtown Stores, Then They Wanna Nag Cause God Be Hold They Just Didnt Get That EXTRA Quarter Out Of Them In a PARKING METER!!! This Is Just ONE of the reasons I moved out of Lexington, I am now in a nice Town, DOES NOT COST TOO PARK DOWNTOWN, and the Surrounding Towns DOES NOT CHARGE FOR PARKING DOWNTOWN!!! Put a Cap On Your Mouths And Meters And Do Some SERIOUS POLICE WORK!!!!!
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2007 at 05:05 AM
    Tow the cars! How simple can that be? When they can't find their cars, they call the police who inform them their vehicle has been impounded and they need to pay in order to get the car out of the impoundment lot. No pay, no vehicle. If you aren't going to enforce the ticket, tow the vehicle.

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