District Hands Out 1.6 Million Parking Tickets in 2011: AAA

2011 a record year for revenue: AAA

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    District of Columbia parking enforcement had a busy year in 2011, according to AAA.

    The city issued 1.6 million parking citations last year, collecting $92.6 million in revenue.

    That haul was an all-time high for the city, according to AAA, which obtained District records through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    “When it comes to the sheer number of parking tickets written each day and the overall amount of parking ticket fines collected, the District of Columbia is the envy of cities large and small around the country,” said John B. Townsend II,  AAA spokesperson. “It’s hard to grasp."

    AAA said the District collected $12 million more in 2011 than the year before. 

    However, it should be noted, the District DMV did run a ticket amnesty program last year from August until January of 2012.  That amnesty campaign netted $5 million for outstanding tickets.

    AAA also notes that the number of parking citations issued was up from 2010, when parking enforcement handed out 1.54 million tickets.

    Drivers looking to avoid fines would be wise to carefully check street signs, park 10 feet or more from fire hydrants and less than 12 inches off the curb.

    In addition, there may be some vanity plates that could increase a driver's chance of mistakenly receiving a citation.  The News4 I-Team found one District man whose vanity plate, "NO-TAGS," drew nearly $20,000 in fines.