2009-09-23 / Political Page

DenDekker: Warn Before Issuing Parking Ticket

DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) wants city Traffic Enforcement Agents to warn operators of vehicles first before they can be issued parking summonses. DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) wants city Traffic Enforcement Agents to warn operators of vehicles first before they can be issued parking summonses. Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) wants city Traffic Enforcement Agents to warn operators of vehicles first before they can be issued parking summonses.

DenDekker has introduced Assembly Bill A9135. This bill requires traffic agents or other law enforcement authority to verbally direct the operator to move immediately or be given a parking violation summons.

"This legislation has become necessary ever since Traffic Agents have become armed with these hand-held scanning devices. These Agents walk up to vehicles while the drivers are waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot, scan the registration sticker, and issue them violations for double parking," DenDekker declared. "Other agents have acted more like Starsky and Hutch; they pull in front of the vehicles blocking them in, jump out, scan the sticker and issue a summons, leaving many motorists scared as well as frustrated.

"This was a very difficult bill for me to write, because in my area of Queens we have a real issue with double parked cars and cars blocking bus stops," DenDekker continued. "However, the Traffic Agents have been abusing their authority and it is costing innocent motorists an undue financial hardship."

"Tickets are for lawbreakers, not just another way for the city to squeeze more money out of working New Yorkers," Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a co-sponsor of the bill, added. "The best traffic enforcement policy is common sense, and that's what this legislation mandates."

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