A recent study released by the Law Offices of Randolph Rice shows Baltimore issued parking tickets for a variety of violations in 2016, the nearly 340,000 fines totaled up to over $16 million.
The most common offense, parking meter violations, made up $3 million of the fines. Street-cleaning violations came in second totaling up to $2.4 million, $1.9 million in tow-away fines and $1.3 million in residential-permit-only area fines.
According the study, Baltimore residents and visitors pay less in parking ticket fines than Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, even though these cities have a larger population. On average, Baltimoreans paid $25.79 per person, compared to $98.84 paid by San Franciscans, $67.21 paid by New Yorkers and $38.07 paid by Angelenos.
The personal injury and criminal defense firm examined public data to find out where vehicles were most often being ticketed. It turned out that parking tickets were issued more frequently on Cross Street than any other area, with 3,400 violations totaling up to $112,000 in fines. “Calvert Street, near the downtown courthouses, Paca Street, near the University of Maryland Medical Center and Gay Street, adjacent to the Baltimore Police Central District Station” were also high-targeted areas for parking violations.
More tickets were issued on Wednesday than any other day of the week and at 11 a.m. on any day of the week. When meter enforcement officers began their workday at 8 a.m., ticketing spiked significantly, while fewer tickets were issued at 5 a.m. than any other time of the day.
Parking fines are rarely reduced in traffic court, leaving people with no other option but to pay them.
A new website, Find My Tow, was launched by the Baltimore Department of Transportation to help drivers find their vehicle, when they are impounded.