There’s was quite a ruckus after people parked on the grass at North Park last month –
And got 370-dollar tickets on their windshields.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald heard the complaints –
Parking is limited around the North Park Boat House –
There were no signs warning visitors not to park on the grass –
And the fines seemed outrageously high.
He reportedly transferred a county police officer over the matter –
However, Fitzgerald is having more parking spaces put in – and more “no parking signs” put up.
Plus – County Council is considering dropping the fine to 50 bucks.
Still – there’s another problem.
Apparently – county police shouldn’t have put the fine amount on the citation.
Only a district judge can do that.
So – if you get a ticket – you can’t just pay it –
You have to go to court.
That penalizes people who make a mistake – and just want to pay.
While County Council is setting the fine at a reasonable amount –
It should also streamline the process of dealing with a citation.
It won’t make getting a ticket more fun –
But it won’t make it more of a hassle, either.