McGinty's Mailbag: DC Parking Tickets Money

10:40 AM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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There's lots of outrage on the WUSA 9 Facebook page regarding the story detailing the millions of dollars the DC government is raking in by writing parking tickets perhaps more aggressively than anywhere.

Sonny Pinkney has a very specific complaint:

"They give out a lot of tickets by Howard university especially by the McDonalds. I think they sit there & wait 4 u 2 park your car. I got a ticket for expired registration & my tags were current. I had to spend half of my day in traffic court. I felt like I was on parking wars."

And listen to this from Stacy Gill:

"Oh, well, there was the sly way they started issuing tickets on weekends with a tiny little sign on the parking meter and only on one side, stating that little fact. Yes, I was lucky enough to get one of those tickets on my car on my birthday"

But Sherry Zimmerman Frohlich says:

"Feed the meter and you'll have nothing to complain about...pretty simple actually!"

Back in the 1980s, I had a conversation with someone at DC Public Works about how on-street parking is a rare resource in the city and all these tickets were really meant to insure the spaces turned over on a timely basis. Not really about the money, they told me. Right. That may have been true in some prehistoric time but now it seems freeing up spaces is a merely side effect.

They want your money. I want your emails. The address is


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