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September 13, 2010 / nypdwatch

NYPD decides to fine you for breaking laws that don’t exist

Not unlike Veruca Salt, the NYPD wants it now.

The NYPD, apparently tired of issuing parking tickets for actual violations, has now decided to issue tickets for violations that aren’t even in effect.

A bizarre NYPD memo instructs officers to ticket motorists for violating new parking rules, even though the rules don’t actually take effect for another five days, and even though the DOT put up signage stating as much.

But here’s the kicker — the memo rationalizes this new policy by stating that “it is the obligation of the motorist to offer an allowable defense”. In other words, “we can issue all the phony tickets we want, because citizens can have them tossed out in court”.

Someone needs to explain to the NYPD brass that they can only enforce the laws on the books, not the laws they wish were on the books.



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