Brighton Residents Furious About Parking Tickets During Storm

By Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Parking in Boston on a good day can be tough. Add tons of snow to narrow streets and that becomes nearly impossible.

Some that parked their cars along narrow streets in Brighton dug their cars out only to find they had a $35 ticket for being a foot away from the curb.

“There is no way I could get any closer to the curb and I got a ticket which is ridiculous cause of the mounds of snow. There is no way I’m going to pay that,” said Adrienne Greenstein, who was one of many to find the parking ticket.

Up the street, Rabi Fettig got the same ticket.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

“I don’t know how they know where the curb is cause all I was parked next to was a giant snow bank,” said Fettig.

The problem is the streets in this section of Brighton were narrow to begin with, but add all this snow and the street gets even more narrow.

Plow drivers have a very hard time clearing the street because their plows barely clear the cars.

“I don’t know how I’m doing it it’s very tight, very tight,” says city plow driver Christopher Montmarquet.

Residents we spoke to are planning on fighting these tickets because now that the snow banks are so big, and hardened ice there is nothing they say then can do.

The one thing everyone who got a ticket that we spoke to is going to do is fight these tickets. They say they make no sense, and given the situation its unfair.

  • Cynic

    Tha bad thing about it is that your only appeal is to City Hall . It is not a real Legal proceding and the Hearings people have no legal background.They can pretty much decide any way they want…There are no rules… If they rule against you you can appeal to the Court… this will cost you over $100.00 to get to Court…(For A $35.00 Ticket???). As the Mayor says.. “Hey The City Needs the money”….

  • Dan

    If you want a legal parking spot, shovel a parking spot, you lazy crybabies.

    • Cynic

      And watch some Parasite scoop in there as soon as you move.

  • Wizard

    The problem is that people are parking on the street OVERNIGHT.
    This must be made ILLEGAL, especially during winter.
    It’s not legal in BROOKLINE nor in MELROSE.
    We can make it not legal in BOSTON as well.
    Elect me governor and all your problems will be SOLVED…

  • bill martin

    If you are sticking out into the street and impeding traffic and plowing, you are not in a parking spot you are in a ticket zone !!! Do not blame the city on this one.It is your own laziness. You may have to chop a little hard snow but that has always gone with the territory

  • Tara

    I agree with the folks who said to shovel out a parking space. You block traffic for your own selfishness or laziness! We’ve all been shoveling since the 1st snow fall.

  • emom

    I dont get people , what makes them think that sticking out into the road is even safe for others to pass.. Did they ever think their car was safe… I get there isw tons of snow. but hey parking on those narrow streets are and have always been dangerous. I remember them well. so happy my parents moved us out when I was young, dont miss it at all. Take advantage of a parking garage, no need to shovel and your cars are much safer too.. I agree cry babies get over it.

  • SuperWizard

    Ban all on-street overnight parking!!!

    • Cynic

      And what do you suggest be done with all the cars?

  • DON

    The problem is today people think they can do whatever they please. Their ignorance of laws and ordinances is absurd. Take responsibility for what you did and pay the fine

  • Lea

    If they ban overnight parking where are we supposed to park? There are not parking garages in Brighton, or at least not enough! Also, we might not be lazy, having shoveled out the parking spot we were in during the first storm. But since then everything has turned to ice and of course the clean parking spots are taken by the time you return home. I agree that something needs to change but Brighton needs to solve the problem first before they take out the tickets!

  • mamaluke60

    Lea is right…plenty of people are shoveling out spots but the law says you cannot “hold the spot” so they get taken and you get stuck

  • Patty

    Cops are doing a great job! I lost 2 mirrors already this season because my lazt neighbor refuses to shovel out a spot across from me. Keeping up the the tagging the Brighton PD is the best! To all the complainers–Buy a shovel and learn to use, find free off street parking, sell your car or move, we don’t need anymore lazy people in this country!

    • Cynic

      In some places they have alternate side parking….That works well because unlike Boston the City Actually Plows the Freakin’ Streets.

  • BigdaddyO

    What a bunch of cry babies living in Brighton and Allston. Boo Hoooooo
    Give them all tickets and even better tow the lousey cars.

  • BigdaddyO

    Blame the cops if there is a major fire. That will be the headlines in the Globe and other newspapers. The cops and metermaids are doing the right thing now.

  • emom

    Well if the stop building cond duplex apartments so close to each iother maybe there would be no issue,, cause since there is not much in the way of PARKING SPOTS, How about the next time someone decides to MOVE to a neighborohood because it looks like a great place maybe you should think first about the parking issues,, other wise PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Or maybe have a city ordanance that if you are living in the building at that parking spot that its be tagged with a number on the ground so others know its not for anyone to park in ,, You know Like apartment complexs do,, Otherwise stop whining

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  • Cynic

    This Snow is unbelieveable People are buried.People have cars and no where to put them…On the Plus side the cars give the HATERS someone to Rail against.

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