Number of parking tickets jumps in Newark
Not so surprising. Police Director McCarthy is already on record as stating that smaller quality-of-life crimes will be enforced more rigorously.
The anecdote in the article about police officers running out to the street to move their cars was hilarious, though — welcome to my world.
In the Ironbound, you can end up spending a small fortune in parking tickets if you’re not careful about alternate side parking. After living here four years, I still set a reminder in my calendar to re-park the cars on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Last year, Seabra and his colleagues in the sanitation department gave out 74,325 parking tickets for violations like expired meters and not moving for street cleaning. That’s 28,849 more than the year before, a 63 percent increase.
In the first three months, the Newark Police Department has also increased the number of tickets issued. From January to March of this year 77,781 parking tickets have been written by police, a 20,460 ticket increase from this time last year. That adds up to about 6,800 additional tickets per month on the windshields of Newark motorists. At $35 apiece, those 20,460 additional tickets figure out to $716,100 in revenue.
The increase in tickets written by the sanitation department workers in 2007 brought in $2.6 million, a $1 million increase over 2006.