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5 MINUTE PARKING METER GRACE PERIOD GRANTED TO DRIVERS

Have you ever waited in line for a purchase and panicked because you knew the parking meter was about to expire any minute?  After sweating and impatiently making your purchase you make a mad dash to the car only to discover you have been ticketed on account of a few minutes.

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The bad news: In 2007, 300,000 drivers received tickets for “alternate-side parking rules” within 5 minutes of the expiration time.  30,000 of those tickets were written almost immediately upon the parking rule taking effect.  These tickets run an average cost of $65.00 per ticket.

The good news: In November of 2009, City Council passed legislation that will allow a five minute grace period to drivers before a ticket can be issued. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the legislation early this month; however, city council overrode the veto and the bill will take effect in March of this year.

If you recieve a ticket or need consultation please contact the Laws Offices of Palumbo and Kosofsky. By phone: 914-777-2990 or web: https://www.mpalumbolaw.com/TrafficTickets.shtml