Madison wrote: acsguitar wrote: Madison wrote:
They should, but most don't. How did you get a parking ticket?
Why should they???
Because most parking tickets are due to stupidity, and I'm in the camp that stupid people should be punished when they do something dumb.
Pokeyouindaeye wrote:Apparently I parked too close to someone's driveway. They called the police and they gave me a 38 dollar parking ticket at 1:30 in the morning. I'm totally never parking there again.
Yeah, about 6 inches. I'm not going to lie. I did park too close, and I paid the ticket as a result. I'm just wondering whether it'll affect my insurance rates.
Sounds like that person needs a hobby (unless there wasn't enough room for them to pull in or back out?), but props to you for admitting you did it and paying the fine.
I doubt that your insurance company will care about that one.
When it comes to parking on the street with a meter present, I don't see any reason not to pump a couple quarters in the meter. To not do that is certainly an exercise in, not so much stupidity, but authoritative indifference and certainly deserves the fine allocated. That said, i don't think that under any circumstance that parking tickets should raise your insurance, unless it's specifically related to parking in a handicapped space or in front of a hydrant (in which case the fine is generally more severe than your typical parking ticket and may result in insurance rate hikes anyway).
That's said, I accumulated a few parking tickets in the past few years, all of which were on my college campus. The tickets are not federally, or even state regulated so I need not worry about insurance, but there were certainly cases where I would gladly pay a $10 parking ticket rather than park in an inconvenient location. This was particularly true when I lived on campus, the February winds made you want to kill yourself and the parking lot was something like 2 miles away.
So, Madison is our resident Texan and "shoot 'em while you got 'em" kinda guy, but I'm a firm believer in the punshment fitting the crime, at least in reasonable practice. That said, a routine parking ticket should not, and typically does not, raise your insurance rates. If you're too lazy to put 50 cents in the meter, then good riddance to you paying an $80 fine. But if you park in front of a fire hydrant; well, that's a safety risk and deserves a little firmer action.
End of story.