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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enforcing parking ordinances could lead to better safety

By Delcia Crockett
August 31, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

This morning walking home from the trail, I noticed something I have seen throughout Columbia — a hazard/safety issue — the treating of our public streets as a private parking lot. Why do these people even have driveways?

We already have an ordinance clearly stating every house must be built with (at least) two parking places in the front of that house at that curb. (This gives each house access to emergency vehicles, if needed.) Ordinance ignored by not filling own driveways first, or space in front of own house (after that).

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We already have an ordinance stating no vehicle shall be parked more than 24 hours in one spot on a public street. Ignored as vehicles are left unattended in front of houses other than one's own.

We already have officers ticketing downtown parking concerning space/flow. Great source of revenue for city.

Therefore, viable revenue source: Every house having driveways not full of vehicles belonging at that residence, should be fined if parked elsewhere, based on the two ordinances already in place. Fining folks will enable pedestrians, bikers, other motorists to pass safely on streets and to be able to see around corners, backing out of private driveways, and make more room for a car to safely swerve, should need arise.

Revenue of fines would define safety responsibility and why we have the other two ordinances, thus enforcing them fairly and without exception.

Delcia Crockett is a Columbia resident.