For a couple days now, a discussion has been brewing on the Duke Park neighborhood listserv on the rights and wrongs of parking on residential streets.
The conversation was prompted by a Glendale Avenue resident angered by a parking ticket received for parking "left side to curb", which essentially means parking your car facing traffic rather than on the right side, with traffic.
Sgt. Dale Gunter of Durham police chimed in this morning with his explanation. It's worth a read, so check it out:
"Just being parked there isn't dangerous at all...the clinch is the act of parking and "unparking" itself. Parking left of curb means that you have to be in the wrong travel lanes at least twice. Once when you pull in and once when you pull out. Both times you are driving into incoming travel lanes. Simply put, it's dangerous. It's illegal and it's simple to avoid by taking an extra 30 seconds to make sure you car is facing the right direction."
" Following this law keeps you from having a wreck in your car in front of your home. You find it in Section 20 of Parking in the City Ordinances. We dont write tickets because of money issues, we don't get any extra cash or even a free toaster. Though I could really use a good toaster, one that does the bagels too. We dont have a clue about the city budget and it's needs and they dont tell us if they need more tickets written to make up for a shortfall. If we didn't have it on our "To do" list, then Central Parking would. Simply put, we see it happening, we address it. The biggie...I guarantee that when Officers are out writing those parking tickets...the speeding, shooting, break ins, etc. stop. Having an Officer there...out of the car is a plus, for whatever reason is a huge deterrent to crime. "