The Bethlehem Parking Authority will never be invited to anyone’s birthday party.
It looks like they may raise ticket prices and, to be honest, what they say makes sense.
For example, if I’m heading downtown at like, say, noon and I know that I’m going to stay there all night that would cost me about $9.
So, is it worth it to just not pay the meter and have to pay a $10 fine or use the app that can sometimes be annoying at have to reup every three hours or actually trudge back to my car and put in money every three hours?
There are actually people who would just rather pay the ticket, since it’s $10. I’ve seen it happen with my own two eyeballs.
The Bethlehem Parking Authority has proposed raising most parking tickets from $10 to $25, a decision that will ultimately be up to city council.
Authority board Chairman Joe Hoffmeier said the $10 fine is too low to deter many people from parking illegally.
"If it’s $10, people are just paying it," he said. "We’d rather have people pay the meters."
The parking authority in 2012 gave out 40,283 tickets for meter violations and in 2013 gave out 33,410 meter violation tickets, authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston said. With only 1,300 meters citywide, that high number of tickets shows there are a lot of people not paying the meters, he said.
"It shows $10 isn’t an appropriate deterrent," Livingston said. "I’ve had people tell me, ‘I don’t even pay the meter, because if I get the ticket it’s $10, who cares?’" SOURCE: The Express-Times
She’s right. I mean, if you want to deter people from NOT paying the meters, you have to make the consequences something that they don’t want to deal with.
It’s kind of like when someone cheats at Monopoly, if you don’t punch them in the face, they are going to keep doing it.
So, the Bethlehem Parking Authority just has to punch you in the face a little bit harder and maybe you’ll pay them the $1 per hour it costs to park downtown at a three hour limit.
And, if you double park on main street, your car tires should be flattened immediately. All of them. Stop double parking to go pick up your take out Thai food. Dick.
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