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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | January 29, 1993
Baltimore County police might be giving up their duties when it comes to writing parking tickets, but that doesn't mean motorists who let the red "expired" sign pop up on county parking meters can relax.Kenneth F. Mills Jr., director of the county's revenue authority, is working on a plan to use eight parking enforcement officers to write parking tickets. The officers would work for the revenue authority and enforce parking laws applying to the county's 1,822 meters.The proposed system is similar to those used by Baltimore and Montgomery County.
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July 15, 2014
I feel that there must be a better solution to the disability placard problem than to place the burden on the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). Disabled folks do not have the strength or mobility to obtain change from sources near their parking meters. They may need to return to the meter several times to deposit coins. A trip to Baltimore city attractions would be futile. Parking tickets would increase for the disabled through no fault of their own. The theft of disability placards to be sold to selfish and insensitive people is a criminal act affecting our most vulnerable citizens.
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By ROB KASPER | June 10, 2006
Iwent to parking court this week to battle for justice, to preserve my honor and to avoid coughing up $52. Rather than hiring a lawyer, I served as my own advocate. My courtroom performance did not go exactly as I planned. It's safe to say I represent no threat to the livelihood of lawyers. At issue was whether I parked too close to a fire hydrant at the corner of Park Avenue and Mosher Street, a few doors away from my home. The ticket placed on my station wagon said I had failed to give the hydrant at least 15 feet leeway.
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January 4, 2014
After reading the recent investigation into parking violations in Baltimore City ("Parking violations bring in $13.5M for Baltimore City," Dec. 21), I thought I would share my story on the issue. On Oct. 25, I was hurrying to class when I noticed a parking ticket on the windshield of my car. I looked around the area where I was parked to check for any possible infractions and then looked at the ticket and was surprised to find it was for parking in a two-hour zone overnight without a proper permit.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
Parking scofflaws, beware: Baltimore County is ready to roll out the wreckers.Determined to wring every penny it can out of those who fail to pay parking tickets, the county is sending letters to more than 300 motorists, warning that their vehicles might be confiscated if they don't pay up.Those letters -- aimed at county residents with three or more tickets, who owe a collective $235,000 -- are part of an aggressive enforcement effort expected to pull...
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Evening Sun Staff | September 23, 1991
Twenty-three thousand drivers are on Lorna Brown's and Cheryl Williams' hit list.Brown and Williams boot cars for a living. And if they had their way, they would boot everybody on the hit list -- every last one of you.No car parked on a city street is safe from these keepers of the boot if the car has three or more tickets that are more than 30days old.Brown and Williams love their job, even though they have been called profane names and, in one instance, nearly...
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2003
Paul Josephson spent hours yesterday poring over a biography of Benjamin Franklin, a man who prided himself on scrupulously settling his debts. Josephson had all that time to read because he was stuck in a line that snaked around a city block - a huge queue of people waiting to pay delinquent parking tickets that had become, like some wines, more expensive with age. The crowd was taking advantage of the first day of a two-day amnesty program, which forgives...
BUSINESS
By NANCY JONES-BONBEST and NANCY JONES-BONBEST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 2007
Jim Tudor Parking enforcement officer Baltimore County government Salary --$13.66 an hour Age --56 Years on the job --Two How he got started --Tudor retired from his job with General Motors after working there 33 years. Wanting to stay active, he took the job with parking enforcement. "I want to keep busy. This job keeps me walking." Typical day --Tudor works Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After arriving at work he is assigned to a specific area in Baltimore County to patrol for parking violations.
NEWS
March 24, 2011
Municipal parking meters have gotten a bum rap over the years. Since the first one was installed in Oklahoma City 76 years ago, their chief purpose has been to limit the amount of time any one vehicle can occupy a parking space. As any urban business owner knows, this is a vital task. Customers can't reach stores if parking spaces are never vacated. But alas — as any driver can tell you — the parking regulatory function of the meter has gradually been superseded over time by its moneymaking abilities.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | February 25, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- The latest threat to all that is good and noble in college athletics is a 21-year-old basketball player here named Duane Simpklns. He is being pilloried for parking tickets. He ran up $8,000 worth of these tickets over several semesters before University of Maryland officials finally caught him. I wish to this Duane Simpkins. From him, I could learn.Among other things, I wish to learn how he dodged school officials for "a couple of years." How was he able to keep registering for classes with all these unpaid tickets?
NEWS
November 4, 2013
Imagine my dismay as I was rushing out the door on my way to a morning class only to spot a $52 parking ticket on the windshield of my car. I looked all around the area where I was parked to check for any possible infractions and then looked at the ticket and was stunned to see it was for parking in a two-hour zone overnight without a proper permit. This would be understandable, except for the fact that I do have a proper permit that is registered to my car, up to date, and clearly displayed on my windshield.
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By Scott Calvert | August 29, 2013
When Dennis ONeal returned to his car last week after eating lunch in Harbor East, he was stunned to see a parking ticket on his windshield. And for good reason: The $32 ticket had been issued just nine minutes after he paid for a full hour of street parking on South Central Avenue. "This is an obvious error," the Canton resident said in an interview. "It's so simple. " ONeal provided The Baltimore Sun a copy of his kiosk receipt showing he paid $2 to park from 12:06 p.m. to 1:07 p.m. He also provided a copy of the citation.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
After a three-month delay, Baltimore has resumed posting parking ticket data on OpenBaltimore, the city government's transparency website. Officials gave no explanation for the lengthy delay in updating the site. Nothing had been added to the database since late January. That has changed, and the site now has information for tickets issued as recently as Thursday. Those include citations for parking in a handicapped zone, at an expired meter or too close to a fire hydrant, as well as speed camera tickets.
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Dan Rodricks | December 3, 2012
Nobody asked me but ... if one is urged to support small retailers during the holiday shopping season, one might expect the municipalities in which they are located to take a holiday on parking tickets. Consider what happened to Debbie Bakalich when she went shopping in Ellicott City, with its new parking meters, on Saturday, Nov. 24. "My girlfriends and I have started a yearly tradition of supporting small-business holiday shopping days and each year go to Ellicott City to support local merchants," she says.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
When Peter Goode walked out of his Hampden home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, one of the first things he said he noticed on the wet and leaf-strewn street were parking enforcement officers apparently "looking for any type of violation they could find. " Given that the city had issued a travel restriction on driving for everybody but emergency personnel from Monday into midday Tuesday, the issuing of tickets struck Goode and other residents as unfair. He pointed out that many drivers had to get out of Sandy's path quickly, before they could find suitable parking spots in densely packed residential areas where parking is often tough to find.
NEWS
March 27, 2011
After reading about what Frederick does with parking tickets ("A place for pardons," March 25), I have to write to you about my recent experiences. Being half Irish I celebrate what has become St Patrick's month. On Saturday, March 12, we met some friends at the James Joyce Irish bar on President Street to start our celebrating. Then on St. Patrick's Day we started our day at Mass at St Patrick's Church on Broadway. From there we go to Duda's Tavern on Thames Street for lunch. Here is how the city rips people off: When we found a parking space on Saturday, the meter would only let us pay for two hours.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
Joe Mueller is a really nice guy, but almost everyone in Towson hates to see him coming.Why? Because Mueller can spot an expired meter half a block away and write a ticket in less than 10 seconds flat. He averages 30 to 50 tickets a day, five days a week. His record high is 104 in one day. In the six years that he's walked Towson's business district, he's probably tagged more than 40,000 parking violators.In fact, Mueller and his merry gang of meter men write more than $1 million in parking tickets a year in Baltimore County, or nearly half the $2.2 million the county collects.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | April 20, 2009
A recent push by a city-hired collections agency to haul in roughly $132 million in overdue parking tickets has sparked complaints from some who say the fines - averaging $721 - are excessive. The agency, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, has collected $11.6 million for Baltimore in fines and late penalties from parking scofflaws since late 2006. In its latest collections effort, which started in February, the Texas-based agency sent out 80,000 notices to people with long-unpaid tickets.
NEWS
March 24, 2011
Municipal parking meters have gotten a bum rap over the years. Since the first one was installed in Oklahoma City 76 years ago, their chief purpose has been to limit the amount of time any one vehicle can occupy a parking space. As any urban business owner knows, this is a vital task. Customers can't reach stores if parking spaces are never vacated. But alas — as any driver can tell you — the parking regulatory function of the meter has gradually been superseded over time by its moneymaking abilities.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2011
Ever feel like you're gambling when you don't feed the parking meter or race through that just-turned-red light? Now a new website — and soon a smartphone application — will help Baltimore drivers know the odds of receiving a ticket wherever they illegally park their car, run a red light or exceed the speed limit. SpotAgent.com is the creation of James Schaffer and Shea Frederick, Baltimore computer professionals who are among the first to create a web application using a recently released trove of data on Baltimore — information about everything from parking to crime to property taxes.
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