December 7, 1998

Parking stickers generate excuses

by Josh Renaud
staff assistant


A parking ticket rests under the wiper of a vehicle in the Music Building parking lot last month
photo by Stephanie Platt

Students, faculty, and staff members seem to be avoiding extra traffic ticket problems in spite of the confusion introduced this year by construction projects on campus.

"It really hasn't been any different than in years past," said Bob Roeseler, director of institutional safety. "I expected to have more problems because of the construction, but in general, everyone is doing what they need to do."

While there may not have been a dramatic increase in ticket trouble this semester, police officers are still issuing tickets. A persistent problem is vehicles that are parked on campus parking lots without a parking permit sticker in the window. Student Court Chief Justice Steve Bartok said that many people try to appeal these tickets.

"It's a common excuse," he said. "People get caught not having their sticker in the window, and they turn around and say, 'Well, it fell off.' The vast majority of them either don't have [a sticker] at all or they haven't put it up in the window."

There are a few people who have had stickers actually fall off. As Roeseler explained, stickers that are applied to unclean areas of the window or stickers that are taken on and off repeatedly have a tendency to fall off. He said that the police department advises students to use tape to affix the sticker to the window when this happens.

"Don't use scotch tape," Bartok added. "It dries up within two or three weeks and the permit will fall off again."

Tinted windows are not an excuse for not having a permit sticker displayed, Bartok said.

"Whenever you have tinted windows, no matter what kind of vehicle, the permit belongs on the bottom of the front passenger-side window," he said.

For four years, students paid for parking permits at the cashier's office and then received their stickers through the mail. That process changed last semester when students were required to pick up the stickers themselves from the cashier's office.

In an interview earlier this year, Ernest Cornford, director of finance, explained that they stopped sending permits through the mail because of the potential for abuse, with some students receiving as many as five permits in a semester, and because students who registered on the first day of classes would not receive their permits on time.

Cornford also mentioned the possibility of changing the procedure further, so that the police department would issue permits rather than the cashier's office.

"It has been discussed, but it hasn't been finalized, Roeseler said. "One of the reasons [it hasn't happened yet] is our facility. We are not set up here to handle that. At this time, we don't have the luxury of having enough room or enough people to do that."

Roeseler said that if they make such a change in the future, the new Student Center might be where students would go to receive their stickers.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.


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