Ever feel like you’ve gotten so many parking tickets in White Plains that you’re singlehandedly funding the salaries of all the traffic agents in the city?
If you think we’ve got it bad here, think again. A small fact you may not have been aware of: White Plains is—like Miami, Florida, and Laguna Beach, Califonia—a city where traffic agents actually allow a grace period of five minutes after the meter has run out, before issuing a ticket, according to the New York Times.
In the article, which explains that New York City traffic agents and politicians are currently debating instating a similar grace period, Albert T. Moroni, the parking commissioner in White Plains, said: “We had received many complaints about parking enforcement officers hiding behind the bushes, waiting for the meter to run out. In order to show people that we’re not trying to be punitive, we decided to offer this as a sign of our good intentions.”
So how do White Plains agents know when the grace period is up? Single-space meters actually roll back six minutes after the paid minutes actually expire.