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Letter: This parking ticket came back to haunt me
First Published Apr 23 2014 04:23 pm • Last Updated Apr 23 2014 04:35 pm

Here’s a warning for those of you who receive a "warning" from a Salt Lake City parking enforcement officer. Earlier this month, I was loading a large musical instrument into my truck at 10:30 at night when a parking officer wrote me up for parking for one minute in a no parking zone.

After explaining the circumstances, the officer gave me a verbal warning and took back the ticket. Today, I received a "Parking Late Notice" in the mail for the citation that I had never received. The cost of the original ticket would have been $30. The late notice was for $70. Fortunately, I was able to talk to an understanding hearing officer who reduced the citation to a minimum amount. Though I admit to parking illegally for one minute, it’s upsetting to realize that members of the public have no way to prove when they receive a violation notice or not, and a parking officer can submit a ticket without our knowledge that automatically turns into a substantial late penalty. And when it is contested, it’s their word against ours.  

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W.K. Hodges


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