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Old 10-12-2017, 11:16 AM   #1
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In town we have "Parking enforcement officers" that drive around looking for illegally parked cars, too close to a hydrant, crosswalk, bus stop over time parking etc.

This morning I'm at Home Depot picking up some rollers and I see our town enforcement officer cruising the parking lot. At first I thought maybe the town needed something from HD and sent him to pick it up, but he went up and down every aisle at least twice before I left.

I also thought maybe he was looking for people parked in handicap spots but he went down aisles with no handicap spots in them. Is it normal to cruise private property parking lots? I understand police run plates in motel lots some times, but parking police?

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Old 10-12-2017, 11:34 AM   #2
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Could have been a community service aid (they work crashes) looking for a vehicle that fled a crash. I'll ask at the thin blue line meeting tonight.....
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Using a plate reader to look for out of date plates/registrations? Traffic/parking enforcement is all about making $$$ for the city. What reveue can they generate crusing a parking lot...that's your answer.
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Our local LEO cruise parking lots of the office park buildings looking for out of state tags and noting the tag/date. They do this monthly to identify vehicles/people who have not registered their vehicles within the allotted time period. (10 days!).
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Expired registration isn't illegal as long as the vehicle is on private property though right?
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Expired registration isn't illegal as long as the vehicle is on private property though right?
Eh, Around here they can cite you for an unregistered vehicle in your driveway.
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Eh, Around here they can cite you for an unregistered vehicle in your driveway.
That might be a code enforcement violation, but not a violation of traffic laws
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Using a plate reader to look for out of date plates/registrations? Traffic/parking enforcement is all about making $$$ for the city. What reveue can they generate crusing a parking lot...that's your answer.

Or maybe they were looking for stolen cars / tags, suspended drivers, uninsured motorists, warrants, etc. It must be miserable going through life assuming the worst of everyone.
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In the City of Jax Fl Parking Enforcement can go on private property that open to the public and issue parking tickets for exp tags, no tags and other civil violations that violate the city/county codes (it is a consolidated city, so the city is the entire county)..

And yes parking enforcement IS ALL ABOUT THE $$$
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Maybe a call went out on a child or dog left unattended in a vehicle and he was trying to assist? You just never know.
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Handicap parking violations. They cruise Walmart here looking.
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Or maybe they were looking for stolen cars / tags, suspended drivers, uninsured motorists, warrants, etc. It must be miserable going through life assuming the worst of everyone.
I personally know two LEO's that have been assigned to traffic enforcement (different cities). They had quotas and would cruise parking lots as described above. BTW, I'm quite happy actually.
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They also are in the Garden State Plaza going up and down the aisles
actually I saw one write a ticket at Short Hills mall, for expired registration...
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