City Offender Zone – 7/2/2008

7/2/2008:

Here’s a quick and dirty Hoboken411 reader submitted pic of a cop & a hydrant.. with a simple no-text email with a subject “Who Tickets Him?” Sort of goes along with today’s “Why is it that…” post.

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27 Comments on "City Offender Zone – 7/2/2008"

blitz911
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blitz911

[quote comment=”91228″]I can’t agree with you, urbanrose. When you’re on duty, you are not allowed to be far from the vehicle. If the only place to park near a coffee spot is illegal, then parking by a hydrant will disturb no one, unlike double-parking or blocking an intersection or bus stop. The radio the cop has when responding to a call is the same radio the cop has when getting food, so the cop will not know about a fire any faster just by virtue of being on a call.

I mean, what are the alternatives? (a) cops don’t get coffee unless they can find a legal parking spot in front of a Hoboken eatery while on a break (b) designated “emergency vehicle parking only” spots outside restaurants that have a “good relationship” with the city (c)????

I would rather have these guys fed, happy, and caffeinated when they are keeping an eye out for me. They’re not selling sweatshirts, they’re protecting my life.[/quote]
I could not agree with you more. This is my point exactly! 😉

C_Lass
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C_Lass

On Wed I saw a black Parking Utility SUV stop and double park next in front of a hydrant space but far away enough from the space to block all traffic. The woman than got out of her SUV to apparently ticket a parked car (I couldn’t see exactly). Traffic was held up for at least 10 minutes. Her SUV was at an angle and she wouldn’t even bother to pull it in and straighten it enough to let us go by. People were leaning on their horns. She shrugged.

HHoney
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HHoney

OR our police force can acknowledge that Hoboken is one whole mile square and that very, very few police vehicles are necessary at all and the force should be hoofing it just like the vast majority of the residents. Squad cars are only needs for transports and chases. There is no need for our tiny town to be patroled by them when we can be better served by foot patrol.

That certainly would cut back on the double parking, stop sign running, cell phone chatting while driving and other illegal actions of our local police while on duty.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I can’t agree with you, urbanrose. When you’re on duty, you are not allowed to be far from the vehicle. If the only place to park near a coffee spot is illegal, then parking by a hydrant will disturb no one, unlike double-parking or blocking an intersection or bus stop. The radio the cop has when responding to a call is the same radio the cop has when getting food, so the cop will not know about a fire any faster just by virtue of being on a call.

I mean, what are the alternatives? (a) cops don’t get coffee unless they can find a legal parking spot in front of a Hoboken eatery while on a break (b) designated “emergency vehicle parking only” spots outside restaurants that have a “good relationship” with the city (c)????

I would rather have these guys fed, happy, and caffeinated when they are keeping an eye out for me. They’re not selling sweatshirts, they’re protecting my life.

UrbanRose
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UrbanRose

[quote comment=”91194″]There is nothing wrong with an on-duty emergency vehicle (cops, fire, ambulance) parked next to a fire hydrant. In the event that the fire hydrant needs to be used, the emergency worker will likely have already moved the vehicle, having heard the giant fire engines scream down the street and stop nearby, if s/he hasn’t already heard about the event over the radio… or smelled the smoke. If it’s not moved already, the driver can be found pretty damn quickly.

Besides, a hydrant in use means there is a working fire, in which case police would be dispatched to the scene for traffic control and ambulance would be dispatched to stand by as well. So there they are already.[/quote]

IF (emphasized) the cop was responding to a call, I say fine. IF (emphasized) the cop stopped to grab a donut, I say NAY.

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