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Compton Parking Enforcement may be entrapping motorists

Resident believes lack of street warning signs in 'No Parking Zone,' ticket trap for motorists COMPTON — The  9-minute 16-second video featured here was sent to the Compton Herald by Dorlisa Shumate, a local resident who

Resident believes lack of street warning signs in ‘No Parking Zone,’ ticket trap for motorists

COMPTON — The  9-minute 16-second video featured here was sent to the Compton Herald by Dorlisa Shumate, a local resident who received a parking citation by Compton Parking Enforcement more than two weeks ago for parking in front of Compton High School on South Acacia Avenue in a “No Parking During School Hours” zone. But Shumate points out there are insufficient warnings to motorists to what may be an intentional ticket trap.

To prove the point, Shumate exercised the due diligence to create a video bearing personal commentary. She walked (in heels) the full breath of the front of the school from the northernmost end of the campus (at the corner of Myrrh Street and Acacia Avenue), to the southernmost end nearly to Alondra Boulevard. Shumate simultaneously filmed and commented on what appeared to be unfair “entrapment” by parking enforcement of unsuspecting motorists due to a paucity of warning signs in the restricted zone.

Two signs are posted within 150 yards distance of one another not easily seen by motorists who exit their vehicles and enter the main gate to the high school — the destination of the majority of motorists who park on Acacia Avenue.

Shumate, who received a $60 ticket believes the lack of warning signs is purposely intended.

“Does the City of Compton maintain a parking ticket conspiracy?” she asks. “Compton High School parents and visitors are receiving parking tickets in front of the school, while the [warning signs are not clearly posted] in front of the school. The citizens of Compton cannot afford $60 tickets due to improper signage.”

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

3 COMMENTS
  • Michael Hill July 15, 2016

    City of LA does this in some areas. You try to fight it, but if there’s at least one sign and you didn’t see it,bingo! Gotcha’ . Expecting something else, “forgetaboutit”. They learned from other cities. Cash cow. Oh well. Next time, look for signs, is all I can suggest. Resistance is futile, and asking for additional signage, a prayer and hope. Not gonna’ happen. Have you seen our street signs? That should suggest to you something, perhaps. Sorry you got nailed. And you tried, and didn’t want to illegally park, no doubt. BTW, Compton tickets are usually processed in Inglewood. Funny that, huh? Revenue time, people. Now you know. Just be circumspect when trying to find a parking place in some parts of the city. Remember those parking meters awhile back, along decrepit Compton Boulevard? I do. .Oh, and don’t go to NYC, it’s SOP in the Big Apple. Think they invented it. Ca-ching, ca-ching! Cheers.

  • Mr Wright June 17, 2016

    U don’t need a sign in front of the school when the curbs are RED u have several signs on the side along with red curbs. What else do u need people just want to do what they want too and told they cant. I have to park right dropping my child off why don’t she. The video clearly shows she was in the wrong. Know the laws before you print someone crying lies.

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