Fine for backing in car raises eyebrows

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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 9:54 pm | Updated: 11:02 pm, Mon Jun 3, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla.  - You may not realize it, but backing your car into a parking spot is illegal in certain parts of Sarasota, including the Palm Avenue parking garage. That's where $35 tickets are being issued on a daily basis to those who don't follow the rules.

That fine is raising a few eyebrows. Recently, local photographer Cliff Roles received a ticket in the garage for backing into a space. He says it's the only way he has ever parked his car.

"My peeve in the whole thing was basically the amount of money that was being asked of me," said Roles. "I hope the person that determined this amount of money might reconsider and think about a friendly warning, or reduce the amount of money he is going to take from people breaking this absolutely ridiculous ordinance."

The garage does have signs indicating that backing in is prohibited. Roles admits he did not see the signs.

Mark Lyons, the city's Parking Manager says the ordinance was created for driver's own safety, but to also help parking enforcement attendants.  "When you are trying to look at sporadic views of license plates with cars turned around, it would take an extremely long time to get the job done effectively," said Lyons.

We asked Lyons is he thought the $35 ticket was too much.  "Unfortunately, it's not a question of being fair or not from my standpoint. Our job is to enforce it and we do those functions. Our staff goes out everyday to do the best they can for the city and make sure those things are handled properly," said Lyons.

Other areas the rule applies to includes Marina Jack and Island Park.

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  • byenwilles posted at 2:48 am on Wed, Sep 25, 2013.

    byenwilles Posts: 1

    That's really strange to hear that,, [ohmy] [ohmy]
    To be honest I always used to park the car by backing it,, but now I think, I need to change my habit of backing or else I would also have to pay the fine [rolleyes]

  • Target4Tyrants posted at 12:28 pm on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    Target4Tyrants Posts: 7

    As being a witness to parking meter maids giving out tickets in the Marina Jack's parking lot, I will say that they do not draw attention to the signs they just installed. It tends to blend in with the bunch of other laws they have posted. I did not notice the signs when I entered the parking lot, but luckily I parked nose frist.
    This seems like theft on the unaware.

  • Madeditor posted at 6:09 pm on Tue, Jun 4, 2013.

    Madeditor Posts: 3

    As much as I like your local news coverage, I really think this is a non story. One person complains loudly and it's news? More like a publicity stunt. It isn't a new ordinance. What's next? Whining that we have to parallel park in one direction?

  • Curt1017 posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Jun 4, 2013.

    Curt1017 Posts: 9

    They say it is partially for safety yet it is easier to back into a spot than to pull in given the spaces are getting smaller. Then when pulling out your vision is not near as hampered as backing out would be . If you are at an event and you back in because the traffic is not solid before the event then you can pull out instead of back out when the event is over and everyone is trying to leave at the same time. It’s so the lazy parking enforcement people don’t have to leave there little vehicles.

  • Get Serious posted at 9:22 am on Tue, Jun 4, 2013.

    Get Serious Posts: 2

    So the fine is raising a few eyebrows? I count two, and they are both on the head of the whiney photographer. And he isn't whining because it's posted everywhere and he didn't see it, he's whining because it's too expensive! Well here's a hot tip - just pull in straight and you won't get a ticket. This is not news. Whining over a parking ticket is not newsworthy. You get an F on this one.

  • tomtre posted at 11:10 pm on Mon, Jun 3, 2013.

    tomtre Posts: 2



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