then maybe you shouldn't be driving. From today's N&O, this quality story.
RALEIGH - One downtown irritant will vanish Tuesday if Councilman Philip Isley can persuade his colleagues to cut some slack.
Isley wants to end parking tickets for drivers who stray too far from the curb -- 12 inches by the rules.
The final straw for Isley came this week after Park Raleigh, the city's on-street enforcer, issued a ticket to a disabled driver who stopped by the newly opened Fayetteville Street on a whim.
Raleigh's rules require parking no more than 12 inches from the curb, and ticket-writers write violations only when the gap is greater than 18 inches, said Gene Eggleston, Park Raleigh's project manager.
Eggleston looked at the 507 such violations written in July, he said, and found all of them between 18 inches and 4 feet.
Page has a bad back, and he hung a doctor-issued handicapped sign over his dashboard.
It is hard to parallel park and get both tires within a foot, he said, and he wasn't blocking traffic.
"It bothers me that anyone would even come down, especially after we just opened" the street, Page said. "All of a sudden, this is what we're all about."
My take on this is:
1) If you can't parallel park, you shouldn't be able to drive, whether you are 16 or 66.
2) If you do away with this law, then people could park two feet from the curb, blocking traffic, and be completely within their rights, which means one car could destroy traffic patterns for all of downtown.
3) The police measure and give citizens a 50% cushion.