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#64828 - 05/14/12 10:22 PM A Cannan Road Mystery
cfrac Offline
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This rainy Monday seems like a perfect day for a mystery and so here is one in which I would like to hear your theories!
What scenario would lead a police officer to drive to the end of a dead end road on a Sunday morning (8:13am [car was parked at approximately 7am on Sunday]) to write a ticket for "Parked on Pavement"?

Incidentally both cars were written tickets for the same offense.


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#64834 - 05/15/12 02:15 AM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: cfrac]
Mark Heyman Offline
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Complaint from a neighbor or group. But the cars are not parked on pavement.

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#64907 - 05/17/12 08:38 PM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: Mark Heyman]
chip Offline
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The really sad part is that you have no chance of beating this charge, even though it is clear that the charge is baseless.

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#64953 - 05/21/12 08:07 PM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: chip]
Rickster Offline
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Mystery solved?

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#64971 - 05/22/12 06:33 PM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: Rickster]
RangerRob Offline
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Why park on Canaan Rd to climb at the Sunbowl when you can easily walk there from Spring Farm in about 20 minutes and avoid all the hassle?

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#64973 - 05/22/12 07:00 PM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: cfrac]
quanto_the_mad Offline
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Originally Posted By: cfrac
What scenario would lead a police officer to drive to the end of a dead end road on a Sunday morning (8:13am [car was parked at approximately 7am on Sunday]) to write a ticket for "Parked on Pavement"?


Easy revenue.
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#64979 - 05/23/12 12:12 AM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: quanto_the_mad]
crimpy Offline
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Registered: 07/02/11
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can anyone say how much the fines were?
my guess is campground haters flexing their midol!

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#64980 - 05/23/12 12:31 AM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: crimpy]
RangerRob Offline
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That's hardly easy revenue. It's barely worth the gas spent driving out there, nevermind the overtime for court when Cfrac pleads not guilty.

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#64981 - 05/23/12 01:33 AM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: RangerRob]
Mark Heyman Offline
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It would be easy revenue if the cars were on the pavement and the officer was already there.

But since the cars are clearly not on pavement, I would assume that this was intentional harassment - like giving you the finger except that the consequences are more of a PIA.

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#64989 - 05/23/12 01:39 PM Re: A Cannan Road Mystery [Re: Mark Heyman]
quanto_the_mad Offline
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Driving a couple of miles and writing two parking tickets is more revenue than driving a couple miles (which you are going to do anyway) and not writing any tickets. Overtime is already in the budget.

"Parking on pavement" is just a short description, it doesn't fully define the violation. The V&T code could well define "pavement" as the road and the shoulder, or if there's no shoulder, a certain distance from the road. Hard to say if they're in violation or not without knowing exactly what they were supposed to have violated.

Edited to add:
I get a few BS tickets every year in NYC, and have tried fighting them, but the city doesn't care, they need the money. Pisses me off, but I get over it because you can't fight city hall over parking tickets.

My last ticket was when DPW or ConEd had to do emergency work, so they towed my car from a non-metered spot back to a metered spot. And there I got a ticket for failing to pay the meter.

Another where they towed my car into an intersection, so they could tow the car that was parked in front of me. But didn't push my car back, so I got a ticket for "blocking traffic".

Some where they didn't read the signs correctly, or completely made up the violation to meet a quota... again, the city doesn't care, you're not going to pay $400 to a lawyer to get you off a $125 ticket, so it's pretty much guaranteed income as long as they don't go overboard and get the media interested.



Edited by quanto_the_mad (05/23/12 02:14 PM)
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