When a half hour is not enough.

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I saw this sign across from the courthouse next to an ATM I use regularly. What sort decision making process led to a 36 minute parking zone? I wonder if this went to a public hearing? What sort of data was used? It seems awfully precise.

I received many speeding tickets in my younger days. Once a CHP officer pulled me over and asked me the question. “Do you know how fast you were going?” “Yes”, I said, “around 58 (in a 55 MPH zone), but you guys let it go if its within 5 MPH of the limit, right?” Sadly, no. He was awfully precise also.

2 Comments so far

  1. scrivener (unregistered) on June 6th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    Here’s a theory: Maybe the per-hour meter rate is not conducive to paying for a half-hour of parking. For example, if parking were twenty-five cents for an hour of parking, and the meter would only take coins in denominations as small as a nickel, it would be impossible to pay for only thirty minutes (it would be five cents for 12 minutes, ten cents for 24 minutes, fifteen cents for 36 minutes, twenty cents for 48 minutes, and twenty-five cents for the hour), forcing people to pay for time they couldn’t use (fifteen cents) or to pay less but park illegally for six minutes. Just a thought. Cute sign, though!


  2. Alika (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 9:44 pm

    Yeah, we have these 36-minute meters here on the Mainland. I think I’ve even seen 24-minute meters once or twice too!



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