Ask an Officer: Parking Tickets, Cars Near Intersections

Have a question for Prince William County Police Department? Ask it here.

If you have questions for the Prince William County Police Department, we'll pass them along to Officer Jonathan Perok and First Sgt. Kim Chinn, public information officers with the department.

Questions can be asked anonymously. Submit your questions to us via e-mail at laurenj at patch.com, by posting a comment on this article, or by sending us a Tweet or a message on our Facebook page

Question: For the working middle class, why doesn’t your "parking enforcement" branch have a one warning system? I am fairly new to this area, and commute into D.C. like many others. After getting back to my car, I noticed a parking violation on my windshield. I had a vanity plate instead of my front license plate and was issued a violation because of it. Where I come from, police are an engrained part of the community, not a faceless revenue stream. A first-time warning would have been a nice gesture. Instead, this bitter taste lingers in my mouth.

Answer: Prince William County Police does not have a warning system in place in regard to parking ticket enforcement. It is the responsibility of the driver, as a resident of their respective state, to learn what is or is not against the law. In ordering the plates for your vehicle, you should have received two license plates with instructions to display on both the rear and front of your vehicle. Our police department strives to be fair and impartial when it comes to enforcement and it is our duty to enforce the law. Enforcement is not revenue-driven and the laws are in place for the safety and security of the entire community. You may contest the ticket in court if you wish and the instructions to do so are on your copy of the citation.

Question: The area I have a question about is Central Park Drive right off of Minnieville Road (across from Delaney Road).  Vehicles parked on the right side of Central Park Drive (going in) are frequently parked less than 10 feet from the corner of Minnieville Road.  If vehicles are coming out of Central Park Drive to turn on to Minnieville, and vehicles want to turn in, often there is not enough room to make the turn until the intersection clears.  The curb is not painted yellow to indicate no parking is allowed.  Is there a law against parking so close to a main road?

Answer: According to county code section 13-320, vehicles cannot park “within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection; provided that, where there is no crosswalk at an intersection, no person shall park a vehicle within 20 feet from the intersection of curblines or, if none, within 15 feet of the intersection of property lines.” If the vehicles are parking within 10 feet, that is a violation. You can call the non-emergency line at 703-792-6500 to report it. 

Nick Whitten June 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
LOL, was this answer auto generated by a computer program? Wish I could say I expected something more, thanks so much for providing an answer that speaks the level of courtesy and respect being conveyed to the public by our boys in blue. Im sorry but when you prey on parked cars in a government employee commuter lot like a pack of revenue vultures you will never convince me its not about the money...just my two cents, that and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee :)
Rachel Leon June 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
As the official spokesperson for the police department, Officer Perok can't really deviate from the official language of the laws and police policies, which is, I think, why his answers can sometimes sound robotic.
Joe George June 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
No matter where someone comes from, it IS the driver's responsibility to learn the rules of your new location, probably BEFORE you move there. Maybe a small-town law enforcement agency would "warn" a vehicle about a violation, but common sense would be that you receive two plates in the mail, you USE both of those plates. The second one is not used just incase you lose the first one. A little bit of common sense people!
John Carson February 17, 2013 at 05:11 PM
How long after you are given a citation do you have to pay it before the department sends you a letter in the mail?


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