Reader Poll: Police Parking

7/13/2009:

Over the years on Hoboken411 – the topic of where city vehicles park has surfaced quite often (there’s even a City Offender Zone category.)

However, after absorbing this issue quite frequently (and receiving many “ReaderPix” with various vehicles improperly parked) – I think now is a better time than ever to really sort out what is truly acceptable vs. what isn’t.

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Emergency vehicles should get courtesy!

Lately – I’ve received a few reader photos that depict a cop car parked in front of a hydrant, etc. – and you just think – “the officer is on duty, their purpose is to uphold the law and ensure the safety of Hoboken residents.” Now while I’ll agree 100% that there is a very fine line between your or me getting a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and an officer. Both cars block the hydrant, and most likely, we’re all in the coffee shop for the same period of time. So what’s the harm?, you might ask – “why do I get a ticket, and they don’t?” But did you ever demand a police car get a speeding ticket en route to a scene?

Well for one thing, a police officer is in a position of authority – not you. It is their responsibility to manage an emergency situation (such as a fire, accident, etc.) – and while I’m sure most of us could also volunteer our time to aid and assist in practically any sticky situation, it’s just not our job. In fact, I’d rather the police officer spend less time searching for a spot in our parking-deprived town – get his coffee and get back to work – don’t ya think? It’s your tax dollars, so do you want to pay for them driving around the block for an hour like the rest of us?

But there are still offenders

hpu-blocking-intersection-smIt’s my suggestion to let (at the very least) on-duty Police or Volunteer Ambulance staff have courtesy at these types of spots (preferably not intersections, because that DOES actually make it unsafe for others…) – but do you think regular “run of the mill” non-emergency city employees SHOULD NOT get this same courtesy? When you think of it – “they” run the city too – and we do want them to work as efficiently as possible too, no?

Where would you draw the line? How do you circumvent the parking problem? Should public vehicles get dedicated spots just for them? Would that solve the problem? Or would you just get mad that there’s that many less regular parking spots?

One way or another – the parking situation in the city as a whole really needs to be looked at!

POLL: Do you approve or disapprove?

Do you think city vehicles should get courtesy?

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4 Comments on "Reader Poll: Police Parking"

CastlePointWatcher
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CastlePointWatcher

And where does the “courtesy” end? Should we allow the lady that collects the dog license money to not have a license? Why not let the tax assessor get a free ride too?

No. I think that either we all play by the same rules or we don’t.

The example of should we give a police officer a ticket for speeding when responding is plain silly. They can’t AVOID speeding to their call — it can safe a life to get there sooner. They can avoid parking like that and risking causing an accident by coming back later, or putting their friggin coffee in a thermos or something.

molly
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molly

waa waa waa….. bunch of wash women…………

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

The only thing I object to, is that they don’t pull all the way into the restricted spaces so they don’t interfere with the traffic flow of cars and buses that have to pass. These guys are probably only feet away from their vehicles to move them for any emergency.

camel2
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camel2

Maybe they can buy a box of munchkins and share them with passerby on the way back to the car? Then everyone would be happy!

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