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Hundreds of Thousands of Parking Tickets Overturned

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A Tuesday night CBS 2 News report that featured LAist (they described as "a Web site where people vent about issues like parking tickets," and pronounced us as LA-List, hehe) exposed the hundreds of thousands of tickets that drivers have fought and won. In total, over a two and a half year period, they found that more than 124,000 tickets were overturned.

An acceptable level of overturned tickets for a parking enforcement officer is 3%, but the station found over 175 officers over that level, said CBS. Here are just a few:

  • Officer Parrish wrote 5,143 tickets and had 604, or 11.7%, overturned.
  • Officer Barbre wrote 13,807 tickets and had 1,040, or 7.5%, overturned.
  • Officer Namoko in the Hollywood area wrote the most, 20,346 tickets and had 5.5%, or 598 overturned.

When reporter David Goldstein asked LADOT Chief Jimmy Price if people out there are getting tickets that shouldn't be, he said "no... not to the best of my knowledge." Apparently, his officers are perfect. Price says many overturned tickets written were valid, but are of a fix-it nature like expired license plate tags.
Still, we're sure LAist readers out there have plenty of stories where they believe they were ticketed in error.