Odd-Even Parking Is Just...Odd

12.15.09 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[0]

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It's that time of year again in many municipalities when citizens are turned into mice and required by law to scurry around and move their cars to the odd numbered side of the road on odd calendar days and to the even side of the road on even calendar days.

Now I realize odd-even parking makes sense in terms of snow removal, and I applaud the police agencies that give motorists warnings before issuing tickets. I also applaud officers who do their jobs, even when they ticket for offenses that should not be offenses.

That said, odd-even parking is often a complete waste of time and I say it is time to stop treating the hard working, tax paying citizens of New York and Pennsylvania like mice. Let's stop inconveniencing people by making them scurry around from one side of the street to the other, even when there is no snow on the ground.

Here is my solution: Odd-even regulations should only go into effect right before, during, and after a snow storm and shall stay in effect until the streets are cleared. Let's have odd-even parking regulations that make sense and then enforce those regulations with both rigor and vigor.

For those of you who do not live in communities with odd-even parking regulations...consider yourselves lucky.

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