Data reported by the NBC4 I-Team, claims the city of Los Angeles targets certain areas for parking enforcement. Known as “parking ticket hot zones”, the I-Team discovered that out of the 361,000 blocks in Los Angeles, almost one out of five parking tickets were handed out on just 500 blocks.
Many of the hot zones consist of several streets that make up popular business or shopping districts. Tickets were given out on key streets such as, San Vincente Boulevard in Brentwood, Larchmont Boulevard in Larchmont Village and Washington Boulevard next to the beach in Venice. Not to mention more than 130,000 tickets were issued since 2012 to motorists parked in the heart of Hollywood.
Last year, the City of Los Angeles made more than $150 million from parking fines alone. To make you aware of these parking ticket hot zones, here are some more areas where motorists are receiving the most tickets:
- Winward Ave, Venice Beach
- La Brea Ave, Miracle Mile
- Hawthorne Ave, Hollywood
- 2nd Street, Manhattan Beach
- Tujuna Ave, Studio City
In order to help you avoid a violation, here are tips from NBC that could save you from an unwanted parking citation:
- If you’re parked at an expired meter, parked during street cleaning hours, or in a red zone — an officer must let you leave without issuing a citation if you’re willing to move your car before the officer starts writing the ticket.
- Your tires must be within the lines of a public parking spot. A tire on or over the lines can get you ticketed.
- You cannot park longer than the posted time on a street. Even if you feed the meter more than the posted time, you could get a ticket.
- The front passenger side of this vehicle is beyond the slope, or “apron,” of a driveway. Even if you’re not blocking the driveway, being near the slope can get you a ticket.
- Your car must be no more than 18 inches from the curb, or you could get ticketed. This vehicle is within the required distance.
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Department of Transportation website.