Where else are cops supposed to park?
Where else should the park?
Generally, these parking deterrents help visibility at inner corners of intersections. However, they are flexible, and have been run over before (like the Hertz on Demand Connect Cars).
Hoboken411 reader Josh was irritated by this Hoboken Police Car that did the same at the intersection of Newark and Bloomfield recently:
‘You’ve got to love our parking system in Hoboken. Not many things upset me more than taking my time to read the parking signs carefully, ensure my car is the proper distance away from the crosswalk, fire hydrant, meaningless loading zone, etc. only to be ticketed for my efforts. What upsets me more is to then walk past the courthouse on a daily basis and see such infractions as this.
I’m assuming the “law” for us normal civilians to park the proper distance away from crosswalks is to ensure the safety of our pedestrians as they cross the busy streets of Hoboken. Why is it then that at (arguably) the busiest and most dangerous intersection of Hoboken, cops are given free reign to put our lives in danger by giving us limited visibility toward oncoming traffic, and forcing us off of the crosswalk and out into traffic? Seems rather unsafe to me.
This was taken at the intersection of Newark and Bloomfield, facing Southwest. Cop car is facing West down Newark. Taken 11/10/2010 by Joshua O’Neill.”
Hoboken Cop was responding to a call
Hoboken411 looked into this – and found out there was a perfectly good reason for the car to be there:
On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 5:42pm, Radio Car #118 with Officers Armondo Caraballo and Libon Schelmety were dispatched to 111 Newark St. on a call of disorderly persons on the rooftop.
The officers arrived at the scene at 5:48pm. They were further updated that is was possibly kids running on the rooftop. The officers searched the rooftop and found that the rooftop and windows were not secured, but the rooftop dis-orderlies were no longer there.
The officers did a thorough search of the rooftop, adjacent rooftops, and upper stairwells and found no one. They secured the rooftop door and windows and got back into their radio car and went back onto patrol at 6:06pm.
You want them to block traffic totally?
Blocking the intersection or the middle of the street is dangerous on calls, because at times backup units, fire engines or ambulances may need to be requested. It also can cause a traffic tie up that is bothersome to residents. When there are no places to pull in radio cars for calls of service, at intersections that have these orange posts or stantions, at times the emergency responders (police cars, ambulances or fire engines) have to go over them.
I’d rather have the squad car parked here while they do their job – that completely tying up traffic. Plus – the fact that it’s a cop car will cause drivers in both directions to be a bit more cautious.
You have any better suggestions? Should cops park blocks away from potentially dangerous calls?