Vail Daily letter: Ticket crazy in Gypsum
Vail, CO Colorado
I have a bit of a bone to pick with the town of Gypsum. I have lived here for 11 years, and although the law of no parking on the street has been in effect for some time, it has not been enforced until very recently.
My two teenage children have friends who come to the house, and we don’t have enough driveway space to have them park there; they park in our cul-de-sac.
We have not had a problem with this until recently, when this new ticket nazi has been patrolling our neighborhood and issuing tickets to these kids. This ticket nazi has assured us that they are going to be doing this all of the time.
My kids’ friends are not here late at night. In fact, the tickets have been issued during evening hours before 10 p. m. I do understand that there should be no overnight park-ing on the streets, but I cannot understand why our guests cannot park in front of our house while they are visiting. I do not want to tell my kids that they are not allowed to have friends over because there is nowhere to park.
There are so many other things going on that the police should be concerned about. We have had some-one walking our neighborhood late at night looking in cars and seeing if they are unlocked so they can steal from them. We reported this, and you could even see the footprints in the snow, and nothing has been done.
We have people who come barrel-ing through the neighborhood and running stop signs. We have been told that even if we got it on video, it would not hold up because videos can be altered. Nothing has been done about this situation.
But this ticket nazi is giving out tickets for parked cars, cars that are really posing no problem to anyone around them.
The evening this happened, I drove around our subdivision to see how many other cars were parked in the street. There were others, but I saw no tickets on them. Our neighbors sometimes have cars parked in the streets in the evening when they have people over. I have no problem with that.
What is this town coming to when this is what is being concentrated on? We have been told that our guests can park in the park down the street. Will the police escort our company back to their cars when it gets dark so that nothing happens to them? Shouldn’t there be some way that people can park in our residential area during certain times of the day?
There has to be some type of solu-tion to this problem. What can be done to help solve this problem?
Wendy Kelly Gypsum
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