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Should This Have Been A Ticket?

Should This Have Been A Ticket?

Welcome to yet another edition of "should this have been a ticket" featuring, you guessed it, yours truly.

So the other day I was driving in Downtown D.C. and I needed to drop something off at a building in Foggy Bottom.

There were plenty of parking spaces available and I pulled in a little less than a block away from the building.

I didn't have any coins and contemplated going to a CVS to pick some up.  I decided against that, though, after thinking there was no possible way a parking enforcement officer would find my car at an expired meter during the few minutes I was inside.

I went inside, dropped off my item, and came back outside in a span of no more than five minutes.

Then, to my amazement, I saw a parking officer down the block walking around my car and checking out the meter.

I start to sprint like a mad man, calling to the potential ticket writer.

DC DMV to Extend Online Research Requests for Customers

DC DMV to Extend Online Research Requests for Customers


This story comes to us from Sylvia T. Ballinger:

In the first two weeks of the Ticket Amnesty program, the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has collected $393,647 in revenue and 7,400 tickets have been paid.


Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14

Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14


Metro's rebuilding efforts will continue this weekend on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines. The work will begin around 10 p.m. tonight and continue through closing on Sunday, August 14. 

*Here are the complete details! 

July 4th Festivities Traffic Advisory

This notice comes to us from Tisha Washington:

On Monday, July 4, 2011, there will be several events taking place in the District of Columbia in relation to the Independence Day Festivities. In conjunction with these events, there will be numerous street closures and parking restrictions that motorists should take into consideration:

A Capitol 4th – Celebration on the National Mall: No Parking Restrictions 5:00am to 11:00pm

Traffic Advisories From National Park Service

These traffic advisories comes to us from William Line:

17th Street Levee Construction Project

The National Park Service (NPS) has reduced the number of travel lanes on

17th Street from four to two, with one lane open in each direction.

Two-way traffic is and will be maintained at all times during this first

phase of the project.  Work on the Levee itself will progress from the

middle of 17th Street east toward the Washington Monument.


When the Levee construction work is completed on the east side of 17th

Street (the side closest to the Washington Monument), work will then move

to the west side of 17th Street.  The traffic pattern will then reverse,

with the northbound lanes converted to one lane in each direction, for

Have You Ever Received A Parking Ticket For Doing This In D.C.?

Have You Ever Received A Parking Ticket For Doing This In D.C.?

You are in a hurry to get somewhere in Downtown D.C..  After looking all over to find one, you finally discover an open parking spot, and when you go to put coins in the meter, the meter is broken.

You could follow the directions that the traffic operators have provided on the meter.  You know, that three-step process of dialing a phone number, reporting that the meter is broken, and then writing down a confirmation code to provide in case a ticket is given while you're gone.

But instead, you decide to skip the process because it would further delay you from getting where you need to go.

When you return, BAM: parking ticket.

Now you have no confirmation code to contest the ticket with, and you look like an idiot for not following the easy steps laid out for you.


It's happened to all of us.

DDOT Issues Invitation for Bids for Carsharing Curbside Parking Spaces


This community notice comes to us from John Lisle: