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Have there been fewer parking tickets in lower Manhattan lately?

When you hear the expression "too good to be true," chances are the last thing to pop into your head is the parking here in New York City -- particularly in lower Manhattan. However, motorists below 34th Street have reported a noticeable drop in the number of parking tickets affixed to their windshields over the course of the last several months.

Some of this can, of course, be partially explained by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the city back on October 29. Here, alternate-side parking rules were suspended by the city for two and a half weeks due to the devastation and street-level chaos caused by the super storm.

However, once these two weeks passed, motorists still weren't being hit with the usual deluge of $60 to $100 parking citations.

"There were almost no tickets at all," said one expert on the subject. "We normally would get many more than 1,000 tickets a week. It went down to, like, 30. So they weren't writing tickets."

What exactly was behind this significant decline in parking tickets in lower Manhattan?

According to police sources, the dearth of parking tickets can be traced to the simple fact that city ticket agents -- responsible for writing as much as 90 percent of all parking tickets -- have been reassigned to other duties, such as directing traffic, in the aftermath of Sandy.

Consequently, the majority of tickets in the area were being written by precinct police officers, who normally issue only ten percent of total parking citations.

City officials are now warning motorists, however, that this pseudo-moratorium on parking tickets will be coming to an end in the next few weeks, as more and more ticket agents cycle back to their respective posts.

Stay tuned for more from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The New York Post, "Sandy brings parking ticket holiday in lower Manhattan," Bill Sanderson and Jamie Schram, Dec. 31, 2012

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