5/23/2006Connecticut: Old Law Reduces Parking Tickets to $1
A 1952 law turns a $50 parking ticket in Greenwich, Connecticut into a $1 fine.
An recently rediscovered Greenwich, Connecticut ordinance passed in 1952 is turning $15-$50 parking tickets into $1 fines. The old law allowed ticket recipients to present themselves to the police department within 24-hours and get out of their parking ticket for just one dollar.
Now that the public is aware of the ordinance, the Board of Selectmen hopes to move fast to undo it. Until then, the police are directing people to the Parking Services Division which will collect the dollar and dismiss the fine between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
"We're not going to accept any money here," Police Chief James Walters told the Greenwich Time. "Once the Law Department advised us the statute is still in effect, we decided that was the best way."
According to Town Ordinance 14-46, the town must also notify residents of the $1 option, but officials have chosen to ignore this requirement.