Ticketing: Pattern changes?
We all know one of the top resident issues in Hoboken is the parking situation.
Every day around evening rush hour, a merry-go-round of cars circle the city in search of a coveted parking spot that isn’t 1/2 a mile from their homes. After driving around for 45 minutes to an hour, many folks get frustrated and end up parking illegally near an intersection. It’s guaranteed that there are dozens, if not hundreds of cars that do this on a daily basis. Simply put, they’d rather risk getting a $54 ticket than have their car vandalized or stolen if parked in a more isolated area.
I’ve heard from several residents that for the past few months, the Hoboken Police is “cracking down” on these intersection parkers particularly in certain wards (such as the 5th and 2nd.) I’ve noticed this trend on the police radio as well. It seems a majority of tickets are handed out in those wards.
Some folks have a feeling this may because of the recent council members that were elected, and what their positions are in town, how they voted, what they stand for, etc.
It’s sort of a catch-22. Because no matter how you slice it, parking too close to an intersection is illegal. The question becomes, if it’s true that the PD is targeting only specific wards, is that fair? Shouldn’t all illegal parkers be treated the same way?