CSI: Arlington County

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

VIOLATION: Clarendon Blvd. and N. Adams St.

Our latest parking violation by an Arlington County official comes to us from the intersection of Clarendon Blvd. and N. Adams St. The following two pictures were snapped while stopped at the traffic light. They are a bit fuzzy, but we can clearly see that the parking official double-parked and left his vehicle running unattended. We can't make out the license plate from this photo, but based on an earlier infraction, we can easily determine car 6133's license plate number.

CSI Arlington: You Can Run (and Park Illegally!), but You Can't Hide.

Date: 8/21/2006
License Plate: 117-300L (VA)
Car Number: 6133



13 Comments:

  • What would you suggest? That the officer spend 20 minutes circling aroud to try to find a legal spot, spend another 10 minutes walking to the illegally parked car, write the ticket, walk another 10 minutes back to his car, and then repeat the process for every ticket? Is that really an efficient way for them to do their job? Use your head.

    By Anonymous Voice of Reason, at 4:04 PM  

  • They can find a parking spot, feed the meter, and walk around just like the rest of us.

    Is there time more valuable than mine or yours just because they happen to be county employees?

    The law is the law.

    By Anonymous Legal Parker, at 4:12 PM  

  • a cop sees a mugging and pursues the perpetrator in his car. mugger runs down an alley requiring foot pursuit. i guess you would have the cop find a legal parking space before giving chase?

    sure, parking enforcers aren't chasing down violent criminals, but they are enforcing a law. if you want parking regulations to be effective at all, they must be able to issue tickets to as many violators as possible, otherwise parking regulations become entirely ineffective. some areas simply aren't efficient to patrol on foot.

    just because you people don't like getting tickets is no reason to make enforcing parking laws more difficult. your method essentially makes parking enforcement in certain areas impossible and obsolete. you might as well just rip out the meters and give it up.

    By Anonymous voice of reason, at 4:45 PM  

  • Is a mugger more or less dangerous than a car in an expired meter spot?

    Where is the public safety concern as it regards a car in an expired meter slot? Does an illegally parked car pose an immediate danger to the safety and security of every day citizens?

    The problem with your argument is that it completely ignores the fact that parking enforcement officials actually CREATE public safety and traffic hazards by leaving their cars in the middle of the street.

    In fact, I would have no problem at all with parking officials using bicycles instead of cars, just as many cops do. That would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars AND reduce traffic and the parking hazards caused by law-breaking public officials.

    By Anonymous Legal Parker, at 7:24 PM  

  • oh my god, legal parker, you're such a tool. do you actually believe what you're writing?

    wait, wait. i have another situation for you. a cop witnesses a thief snatch a grandmothers purse. he's on foot, pursuing the thief and the light changes at the intersection-- gasp, he has a DO NOT WALK signal! in that case, should he cross against the light, or wait until the WALK sign appears to conclude pursuit of the theif?

    freakin' idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 PM  

  • Again, there seems to be some deliberate confusion here about the differences between crimes being committeed by individuals against other individuals and the placement of inanimate objects.

    In one instance, an individual's safety and security is at stake. In the other instance, the county's balance sheet is at stake.

    I appreciate your raising the point and allowing me to make the distinction. However, I can't do much for those who wish to willfully distort the issue for their own personal gain.

    On another topic, welcome Arlington County employees!

    By Anonymous Legal Parker, at 10:21 PM  

  • you say we cannot make the distinction between the "differences between crimes being committeed by individuals against other individuals and the placement of inanimate objects."

    actually, if i'm in arlington looking for a parking space, and there is a car parked at an expired meter, the owner of that car is committing a crime that affects me quite directly as an individual. does it put me in danger? no, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a crime. i want that driver fined and deterred from doing it again. and if parking enforcement can fine and deter more of those parking scofflaws by double parking to write tickets, so be it.

    By Anonymous voice of reason, at 9:15 AM  

  • The supply of parking is not increased as a result of a citation against a car parked next to an expired meter. And even if the operator of said vehicle changes his or her behavior in the future as a result of that violation, that changed behavior will likely manifest itself as a few more quarters in the meter, not a new parking spot. A citation for parking next to an expired meter is, at its core, a citation for not having given enough money to Arlington County in the first place. The crime of parking next to an expired meter affects Arlington County's balance sheet and income statements far more than it threatens your safety and security. And this is all in addition to the public safety and traffic hazards that are caused by public officials leaving their cars unattended in the middle of the road.

    You see, at it

    By Anonymous Legal Parker, at 9:26 AM  

  • I live in DC, so I don't know how it is in Arlington, but here it is illegal to re-plug the meter. In other words, if the meter has a two hour limit, and you go out and feed more money into it, you're still illegally parked. So if they're at an expired meter, technically they should not even be parked there anymore, hence, the space should be free for someone else.

    Also, if one if five feet away from one's car, but not actually in it, it is not "unattended".

    By Anonymous voice of reason, at 2:17 AM  

  • You really are stupid. You said that the vehicle was left unattended? Are you blind? The PSA is standing in the picture writing the ticket. Clearly within state code and county procedures, the PSA's vehicle is parked with its amber warning lights activated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:12 PM  

  • I think the point legal parker is trying to make is that Arlington County's parking enforcement is pretty bogus. There is no evidence that it helps alleviate the parking problem in Arlington and in fact, with the photo proof on this website, it actually proves that it is creating more parking problems than it is solving. As legal parker said, you can ticket a car parked at an expired meter all day long, but that will not cause the vehicle to move any sooner. Nor will it create any new parking spaces.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:49 PM  

  • I received a parking ticket while parked LEGALLY- for not having an Arlington County sticker- I live outside the county and was visiting. Arlington County is crossing a legal line and is now harassing if not extorting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:15 AM  

  • "What would you suggest? That the officer spend 20 minutes circling aroud to try to find a legal spot, spend another 10 minutes walking to the illegally parked car, write the ticket, walk another 10 minutes back to his car, and then repeat the process for every ticket? Is that really an efficient way for them to do their job?"

    Yeah lets exempt them from parking legally because it takes too much time to do the right thing. While we are at it, since its too much time and trouble for a cop to go get a warrant why dont we just do away with that whole system too? That way they can just break down our doors. I wish I had as much free time as legal parker but the dude has got some valid points....Dont be such an arse...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:23 PM  

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