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"Click It Or Ticket" HPD blockage
« on: May 24, 2010, 01:45:53 PM »
Every year around this time, the HPD participates in the national "Click It Or Ticket" campaign to get everyone to use their seatbelts. It's a very necessary program, but maybe a little more thought could go into the "when" aspect of it at the location shown below.

I won't spell out where this location is (most locals can figure it out). It's a perfect place for this purpose (and has been for a few years) because no beltless scofflaw can be aware of what's about to happen until it's too late.

However, the hour between 8:30am and 9:30am is not a good time to do this at this particular location. I know it's part of rush hour and the number of tickets issued is probably higher then, but that shouldn't be the only consideration.

The police pull the offenders into a parking lot that is heavily utilized at that time by a lot of social workers and their clients, who arrive in vans. Many of those clients have difficulty walking and are let out closer to the street to minimize the walk.

Today, the vans had a hard time even getting into the lot. In the picture below, you can see one van made it in, but you can also see 6 vehicles that were pulled over into the lot and are behind the police cruiser.

The police issue the tickets there and no one moves until that happens. As you can see, no one can get into the lot with this line of cars blocking the way.

Again, I am fully supportive of this program. I just hope the HPD is compassionate enough to adjust its timing a bit to accommodate the disadvantaged and their social workers.



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