Blame it on the fog?

If you looked out your window for some reason at 1am Sunday morning, you saw a pea-soup thick fog roll into the neighborhood, reducing visibility to less than one block.

And if you live on one of the recently RPO'd streets of 5800 Prospect or 5800 Oram, you saw lots of cars parked on the curb.

Have no fear however, since the blinking lights were not a lost ship trying to find a safe harbor, but a DPD officer wearing out his ticket book. At last count, more than 25 tickets (each worth $50 to the local budget) were written by this officer to vehicles illegally parked on the streets (read:The owners of these cars don't live here and we don't care what they think).

These scumbar patrons will probably claim the fog obscured the NO PARKING signs when they drove down the street looking for a parking space. Nice try.

This high number of tickets is not a surprise to anyone who has watched an RPO zone develop. Way back in 1990, when RPO was first installed on the Summit and Sears Streets on the west side of Greenville, it was not uncommon for the DPD to write 30 or more tickets an evening (having an Extended Neighborhood Patrol Officer working the streets for the residents helped too).

Crimewatch members would throw an assist by staying with said illegally parked cars while the officer continued to write tickets and patrol, then call him back when a tow truck arrived.

So far, no cars have been towed from the new RPO zones, but that is just a matter of time - and timing. It takes about an hour to process a car for towing, so let's give the DPD some time to get their rhythm going.

It should take about three months before word gets around the party network that they are not welcome to park their cars on these streets. By that time, we'll have to start retraining them on RPO zones that are in process now.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets