No one enjoys finding a parking ticket on their car, especially if that person has no idea that they parked in a prohibited area.
Freshman Matt Sherburne recently received a warning for parking by the tennis courts.
“I didn’t think I would get one for being in that parking lot because I know people who park there,” Sherburne said.
College students have plenty of expenses, such as tuition, food, housing, credits, books and school supplies. Having to pay for parking tickets on top of everything else can begin to add up. Obviously, College Public Safety (CPS) has to give out parking tickets in order to keep Linfield’s streets under control. But campus awareness should be raised about where to park around campus. Otherwise, students like Sherburne may get fined for a violation they didn’t know existed. Students should be educated about how to obtain a parking permit and where parking is permitted or prohibited during which hours of the day.
While it may be easy to get angry at a CPS officer for issuing out a warning or citation, it is important to remember that he or she is simply doing his or her job.
“Parking enforcement is about compliance, not revenue,” said Robert Cepeda, chief/director of CPS. “To protect the college community and to provide optimal use of parking resources for community members, campus access is controlled via parking by permit only.”
Obtaining a parking permit is the best way for a student to avoid getting parking tickets, but once again, students need to be informed about how to obtain a parking permit so they can avoid extra fines.
“A permit can be obtained by stopping by the CPS Office at Cozine Hall and filling out a vehicle registration form or filling out the form online and returning it to CPS at Cozine Hall during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Cepeda said. Buying a permit can waive any “no permit” citations, so while it may be another expense, in the long run, it eliminates the accumulation of fines one can get for parking on campus without a permit. Sherburne purchased a parking permit, which waived his warning.
According to Cepeda, parking violations occur the most in “overnight parking areas, visitor and handicap stalls and fire zones.”
In order for the streets of Linfield to continue to be safe and controlled, CPS and students must cooperate with one another. CPS should inform students about parking rules around campus, while students should follow parking rules and not park in places they know they shouldn’t park. Something as simple as sending out an email at the beginning of the year with information about how to obtain a parking permit and the rules for parking around campus to all students would benefit everyone. If these rules are communicated and followed, we can all enjoy a campus with fewer parking tickets and safe, controlled streets.
-The Review Editorial Board