City of Milwaukee planning new and exciting ways to ticket your car
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Since sifting through dull newspapers, hyperbolic blogs, and overflowing RSS feeds for meaningful news can be an arduous process, News Net catches and compiles both the amusing and the significant reports that were overlooked throughout the week.
• City living has its perks—access to top-shelf entertainment, access to top-shelf dining, access to top-shelf alcohol—but there are plenty of pitfalls, too. Chief among them are parking tickets, something Milwaukee seems to excel at. But if you’ve ever felt that your car wasn’t being ticketed in the most efficient and technologically advanced manner possible, you’re in luck: The Business Journal reports that the city is planning on giving its parking checkers a high-tech upgrade in the near future. Cameras and software systems that can analyze license plates will be installed in parking checker vehicles in order to streamline a business that made $35.8 million in 2012. (The Business Journal notes that “more than 60 percent of that, or $22.1 million, is from 778,288 parking tickets, compared with about $3.9 million collected from selling parking permits.”)
Of course, the new automated system isn’t meant to increase the number of tickets issued. (Now why would you think that?) According to Milwaukee public works commissioner Ghassan Korban, it’s purpose is to simply cut down on costs of enforcement. Either way, one thing is clear: the days when you could simply park illegally, wait a few hours, and then go outside and wipe the chalk from your tire or whatever are coming to an end. Welcome to the future, parking “scofflaws!”
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