So I was reading about a guy on here who has $16,000.00 in fines, which frankly, is INSANE.
But it got me thinking about the parking fines I have had in the past (thankfully, all paid)..
Every parking ticket I have gotten since I moved to Canberra about 5 years ago (from country NSW where there was no such thing as a parking fine) has been on a Saturday morning.
You see, I am a fairly social young lad who enjoys a few drinks on a Friday afternoon and more often than I care to admit I find myself meeting friends for one beer that ‘evolves’ into several. The result is that my parking that is perfectly legal when parking will not be legal should I decide to do the smart thing and Taxi my way home.
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Probably about twice a year I will go back to my car at about 10AM the next morning to pick it up and find that I have an $80.00 ticket stuck on the window.
What I wanted to guage was how the other people of Canberra felt about this. By slapping parking tickets on cars in the City bright and early on Saturday morning aren’t you just punishing those who are atleast attempting to do the right thing. I think they should give you til Mid-day to have a snooze, have a meal and shower and go get your car when you are sober and safe.
Am I being unreasonable or does this seem like a good idea? Maybe I should be able to pop into the cop shop during the night and register my car as a ‘not driving home drunk’ car.
I can luckily (just) afford the parking tickets but a lot of people my age can’t and after a few tickets would probably decide it’s better just to drive home (or even just move their car while drunk).