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When it comes to getting parking tickets in Downtown Lawrence, sometimes you can be saved by the weather

August 24, 2011

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The following chart shows the average number of $3 parking tickets given based on temperature. The statistics, provided by the Lawrence Police Department, are from Jan 1 to July 25 of 2011. The daily average for all days of the week, excluding Sundays, is 276.

The following chart shows the average number of $3 parking tickets given based on temperature. The statistics, provided by the Lawrence Police Department, are from Jan 1 to July 25 of 2011. The daily average for all days of the week, excluding Sundays, is 276.

The following chart shows the average number of $3 parking tickets given by day of the week. The statistics, provided by the Lawrence Police Department, are from Jan 1 to July 25 of 2011. The daily average for all days of the week, excluding Sundays, is 276.

The following chart shows the average number of $3 parking tickets given by day of the week. The statistics, provided by the Lawrence Police Department, are from Jan 1 to July 25 of 2011. The daily average for all days of the week, excluding Sundays, is 276.

Like to keep your spare change and roll the dice against the odds of getting a $3 parking ticket in downtown Lawrence?

A Journal-World review of daily parking tickets handed out by the city between January and July 25 of this year looked at the best days to make that bet.

While the daily average of parking tickets given — excluding holidays and Sundays — is about 275, the number is much lower on Mondays — 149, and much higher on Saturdays — 366.

And you also might have better odds if you pay attention to the weather.

When it’s really hot, or really cold, fewer tickets are handed out, on average.

For instance:

• When the temperature hits 100 degrees, the average tickets per day dips to 122. When it’s above 90 degrees, the average is 183.

• When the low temperature is under 10 degrees, the average daily tickets given is 210.

The reason for the ticket fluctuations are not that complicated, said Teri Pierce, Parking Control Unit manager.

The day of week variations are probably based on general traffic, as some days — like Saturdays — see more downtown visitors, said Pierce, whose department is part of the Information Services Division of the Lawrence Police Department. In addition, daily staffing factors — such as vacations and illness — probably play some part.

When it comes to the weather factor, it’s based on safety, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna.

“We do not want our parking control officers out in weather, whether hot or cold, that is too extreme for their safety and health,” Sarna said.

So far this year, no tickets were given on 12 days because of wintry conditions, he said.

The city doesn’t have a rule, Sarna said, but cited instances where roads were impassable, or heat indices hit The 110s. On those days, parking control officers are assigned other duties, he said.

Comments

UNIKU 3 years, 11 months ago

Prepare for a Smitty rant here too....

Ken Garner 3 years, 11 months ago

That's funny, can't wait. As long as we don't park in the 2000 block of y.h. and mass, we should be fine.

ksjayhawk74 3 years, 11 months ago

On really bad weather days, you can tell when the meter maids are not working by just looking at other cars parked on the street. You only have to look at a half block of cars to see if any of them have parking tickets. No tickets on any cars means they are not working that day (typically) and you won't be getting a ticket either.

Melissa Kounelaki 3 years, 11 months ago

That picture is 2 years old and it's still not Taunya Miller.

Kim Murphree 3 years, 11 months ago

And don't forget..if the weather gets milder during any given day, the meter readers will go out. So, be careful about assuming you won't get a ticket all day long.

homechanger 3 years, 11 months ago

Also on rainy days. The equipment is not waterproof. No tickets during rain.

trailertrash 3 years, 11 months ago

And no tickets if you keep change in the meter.........

Phone_Man 3 years, 11 months ago

Why not keep your change and just park as long as you want? The fine is only $3

rockchalker52 3 years, 11 months ago

P_M, the fine is three bucks every time they walk by. You could be in $double$digits by the end of the day.

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