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Metermaids should be given the task of spotting and reporting Reckless Driving instead of giving parking fines.

Updated on March 22, 2013

Parking Tickets vs Reckless Driving

Did you know, you could get fined for puting money into someone else's parking meter?!

Traffic wardens and metermaids should be given the task of spotting and reporting Reckless Driving instead of giving out parking fines.

Instead of giving out fines for expired parking (which is not dangerous - no-one, to my knowledge has been seriously injured or killed because someone's parking permit expired!) traffic wardens, parking attendants and meter maids should be given the task of watching the traffic that is driving by (not the cars that are parked), and to report any reckless driving... you know, the kind that puts people's lives at risk.

I got a parking fine for parking in a parking lot on a Sunday without buying a "pay-and-display" ticket - I thought it was free on Sundays. On the way home, a driver cut in front of me at full speed without warning (I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting him), he also went through a red light, and drove about 45 miles in a 30 mile zone.

Who deserves the fine?

Lives at Stake

Is it just me, or is it more important to cut down the number of road accidents which result in death and injury... than it is to fine people whose parking meters have expired?

If metermaids were stationed on the roads, with radar guns, recording reckless driving, I guarantee we'd see fewer collisions, and as a result, fewer injuries and deaths.

You Could Get Fined for This Random Act of Kindness!

Can you believe that you could get a ticket for helping someone out by putting money in their meter!

This video shares this and other strange parking violations....

Your Turn!

Meter maids should be given the task of spotting and reporting Reckless Driving instead of giving parking fines.

Yes, you're right! It would give them more of a sense of achievement too - saving lives instead of writing tickets!

Yes, you're right! It would give them more of a sense of achievement too - saving lives instead of writing tickets!

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    • DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

      They could be put to MUCH better use, especially since they seem great at ticketing students - a demographic that doesn't have much free money in the first place.

    • kathysart 5 years ago

      I'm with you

    • WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I think reckless driving is way more dangerous than an expired parking meter.

    • Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Personally, I'd give them a bonus every time they spot and report someone driving carelessly. Makes it more fair for them and also saves lives.

    • julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, who would give the parking fines? And perhaps there should be a little grace on how parking fines are given ... you know, your meter has one minute left on it, and the meter maid is waiting. I think we need meter maids level II to do the dangerous driving reporting.

    No way, Monkeybrain! Expired parking meters may not endanger lives, but why should I pay for my parking and others get away with it?

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      • jeffryv 5 years ago

        Me again :)

        To quote a Greek driver.

        " Cars double park all day on roads that can JUST squeeze in two car widths, so that any passing traffic has to drive over the footpath to get through - and the footpath is hardly wide enough for people to walk on anyway. Cars park on the corners of busy intersections, in towing zones (the point of having a towing zone is beyond me because I have never seen a tow truck here in my life, and I've been here for 8 years), on footpaths, in the MIDDLE of open squares, in lane ways, I'm sure there are plenty of other places I can't even think of right now."

        This is the result of no parking enforcement

      • jeffryv 5 years ago

        Take 5 minutes and talk to a small business owner who has meters in front of his/her business. No meter means that cars park there all day, so his customers can not park.

        With not meters people park all day which leads to double parking, which IS dangerous.

        I just came back from Athens where there is no parking laws(No one enforces them), it was a nightmare, people double parking all day, parking in front of fire hydrant , every bit of space was taken up by cars, including all sideways.

        No parking laws leads to utter chaos, which is dangerous!

        There is 5 pedestrians a day killed or injured in Athens.

      • thisisamyc lm 5 years ago

        Cars parked where they shouldn't be are murder for cyclists

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          Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

          It sure makes being kind to others difficult. We don't have meters, but I do give people a quarter for their shopping cart.

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          TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

          I did not know that the random act of kindness would get a ticket! wow!

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          DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

          I live right next to a park where people often drive onto the grass and park all over the playgrounds and grass; this is a true parking problem, and guess what? This mess isn't handled by the meter maids, it's handled by County Sheriffs! No reason for the meter maids constantly handing out fines.

          Side note: worst parking fine for me was when I went to class in the morning and got a ticket. Went back to work (full-time employee, part-time student) then back for a night class. I still didn't have change for the meter, so I put the ticket under my wiper thinking "either they'll see the ticket and move on, or they'll check it, have a heart and not give me a second ticket". Well I came out of class and found it just like it was, but when I picked it up it was noticeably thicker. The parking attendant had taken the time to hide the new ticket they gave me in the old one, just to make me think I had gotten lucky. Argh!!!

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          Loveyourshoes 5 years ago

          sure those guys are on some kind of performance related pay, seen a parking attendant once who was so busy looking for incorrectly parked cars he almost crashed the scooter he was riding.

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          I just have a terrible time parking.. in general, lol. THUMBS UP and SQUID ANGEL BLESSED

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          I was at a company picnic and there was a cop who was going out of his way to give parking tickets to people who weren't parked correctly.