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