A President Had A Nasty Mishap Near Here, Too

If you work downtown, or know people who visit downtown, there’s an interesting little industry that comes to life every year about this time. Right when the weather gets better.

At intersections such as Market and Pacific (a southern porthole to the lovely West End), people are ticketed for crossing the streets when the “Don’t Walk” sign is illuminated. Seriously. And it’s a big fine.

In the summer, these “spotters” are out in full force, typically wearing red t-shirts, bicycle helmuts, black shorts, and this harrowingly big computer thing-a-ma-jig. They nail people mostly at lunch. And I do have to admit their intention is good. They are trying to discourage people from crossing the DART tracks which straddle Pacific Street.

Tell any tourists you know about this fairly Draconian practice.

Lately I’ve been working downtown and have seen people gawking at all the Dallas neon when they get slapped with this $100 ticket. Money they could have spent at the Hard Rock, helping the local economy. And saving the planet.

Dallas isn’t exactly notorious for treating out-of-towners hospitably in the shadow of the Texas School Book Depository.

1 Comment so far

  1. joe (unregistered) on February 21st, 2005 @ 11:21 am

    if you think a parking ticket downtown is bad…….i was nabbed in the hov lane @635 and midway. $285 for being in it and $285 for getting out of it. and whats really bad, i don’t think i was even in it. that’s just simply robbery and has nothing to do with safty………………just another city of dallas tax………

    no wonder nobody likes dallas anymore! when you have a bunch of lying stealing creaps on the city council, it seems to filter on down to the rest.

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