Parking tickets and Boston seemingly go hand-in-hand like clams and chowder. But now there is a potential formula to side-stepping the dreaded parking ticket.
CBS Boston studied 1.3 million parking tickets that were issued in the city of Boston last year and yielded some astonishing findings from the data.
In addition to discerning when and where meter maids patrol the most, there are certain driving techniques that many drivers should remember to employ, according to the study.
You may want to brush up on your parallel parking skills. The city wrote 2,245 violations to people who were more than one foot from the curb. Some tickets didn’t have to anything at all to do with parking. 87,000 drivers got tagged for expired inspections.
There are also apparently certain days of the week when drivers can be a bit more daring with their illegal parking. Beyond that, the data showed that ticket-issuing trends also change with the seasons.
The data shows that a lot of snow means fewer tickets. In February of last year, only 88,000 cars got tickets in Boston. Compare that to October, the busiest month, with the city fining more than 123,000 cars.
Of course, you can always just pay attention to the street signs and follow the rules of the road to make sure you’re not the recipient of that pesky piece of orange paper under your windshield wiper.
But, in the event that approach fails, you can always appeal a ticket and claim you didn’t deserve it, according to the study.
The city threw out 71,000 tickets last year, worth over three million dollars.