The Little Yellow Envelope

Number of parking tickets given has decreased from previous years

by Published: Nov 14, 2012

Creator of a Crappy Day: If you hap­pen to approach your car that is graced with such a lovely addi­tion, your wal­let is not going to appre­ci­ate your gift from the Department of Public Safety. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Many stu­dents on cam­pus can eas­ily relate to Mariah Kennedy and the sit­u­a­tion she faces on an every­day basis.

Kennedy, Ferris senior in jour­nal­ism and tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­muter stu­dent, often finds her­self cut­ting it close to get to class on time each day. According to her, the rea­son is parking.

“Let’s just say I risk get­ting a park­ing ticket every day,” Kennedy said.

Like Kennedy, many stu­dents choose to take the risk of a ticket. However, accord­ing to Ferris State University Department of Public Safety Officer Michael Chamberlain, there are many ways to avoid get­ting a park­ing ticket.

Some of them include reg­is­ter­ing each vehi­cle used, park­ing in assigned lots and keep­ing a pos­i­tive atti­tude “as a per­son can walk on cam­pus faster than they could drive to an area and get to class.”

Department of Public Safety Office Supervisor June Swanson explained that it’s not about mak­ing money, it’s about cre­at­ing a safe envi­ron­ment. Giving stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty park­ing cita­tions is not the goal.

“We could care to give another ticket out,” Swanson said. “It’s our goal to edu­cate every­one park­ing on uni­ver­sity prop­erty. With that being said, we are tasked with pro­tect­ing a resource that indi­vid­u­als pay for and are often called to spe­cific loca­tions where vio­la­tions are occurring.”

The top three rea­sons for a park­ing cita­tion are meter vio­la­tions, unreg­is­tered vehi­cles and park­ing in restricted areas.

According to sta­tis­tics and infor­ma­tion main­tained by DPS, the num­ber of park­ing tick­ets given has decreased this school year in com­par­i­son to pre­vi­ous years.

From July 2011 through June 2012, there was just over $304,000 col­lected in park­ing fines and 13,291 cita­tions issued, which was 1,289 cita­tions fewer than the pre­vi­ous year and 1,938 cita­tions fewer than two years ago.

Currently, an aver­age amount of money received each week for park­ing cita­tions is $5,852 over 52 weeks. However, this amount varies with the time of year.

The rev­enue col­lected from park­ing cita­tions is put into the gen­eral fund for the uni­ver­sity oper­at­ing expenses, which includes but is not lim­ited to lot main­te­nance. According to Swanson, the money is sub­ject to the university’s bud­get process and is not ded­i­cated exclu­sively to DPS.

“I would rec­om­mend any­one park­ing on the uni­ver­sity prop­erty to take a cou­ple of min­utes and read the Rules and Regulations along with our ‘Did you know’ fre­quently asked ques­tions flyer,” Swanson said.

These mate­ri­als are avail­able on the Ferris State University DPS web­site. If stu­dents have ques­tions or con­cerns about park­ing, Swanson encour­ages them to visit DPS, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.