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400 Parking Tickets Issued Per Hour in Washington D.C., Worth $92.5 Million in 2012

| by Michael Allen
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According to records obtained by AAA Mid-Atlantic, the city of Washington D.C. wrote 1.8 million parking tickets worth $92.5 million in 2012.

Those 1.8 million tickets break down to 436 parking tickets per hour, reports WTOP.com. About 71.3 percent of the parking tickets went to commuters from Maryland and Virginia.

"It's a war on the 400,000 drivers who come into the city every day and desperately need parking. The District thinks it's winning this war, but it's not," says John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic's manager of public and government affairs.

"This is pure unadulterated exploitation of motorists. D.C. couldn't get the commuter tax it wanted. So it makes it exceedingly hard to find parking, then you fine them for overstayed at the meter."

"You're taxing the guy living who is the tourist, bringing in millions for the city. You're also taxing people coming into the city to work, to dine, to shop and to worship. That'll ultimately just drive people out of D.C.," added Townsend.

"On a given day, generally two-thirds of the vehicles on our roads are non-D.C. tags, at least during rush hour," said District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Monica Hernandez. "Motorists who believe they have been issued an erroneous ticket may challenge the ticket through the Department of Motor Vehicles."

Source: WTOP.com