Parking violations decrease
Parking statistics released by security last month reveal
that parking violations on Bowdoin's campus are down by 5.5 percent compared
to last year's numbers. The total number of tickets and warnings issued
by security during the period beginning September 1, 2001 and ending April
8, 2002 is 1,983; down from the 2,099 violations tallied the previous
The total expense paid by parking violators for their offenses
also declined this year. Last year, parking violators, most of whom are
students, paid $24,290 in tickets and towing expenses. This year violators
spend $20,150, down 17 percent from last year. The $25 ticket fee remained
consistent across the two years, as did the increased fine for parking
in handicapped spaces and towing a vehicle.
Security's parking enforcement officer Dick Yanok does not
know the exact reason for the decrease in violations. He has noticed,
however, that, "Students are paying closer attention to offenses
in accounts and are calling up this office for warnings and individual
tickets." He is aware of an overall improvement in students' parking
behavior this year compared to past years.
Reports indicate that problem areas on campus witnessing high incidences of violations remain fairly constant from last year. The greatest number of violations for both years is reported in descending order as South Campus Drive, the Admissions lot, and North Campus Drive. This year one third of all violations occurred in these three lots of the 55 total lots on campus. This year, Ladd House parking came in fourth in most total violations, up from number five last year. Though Ladd garnered a greater percentage of violations this year, its actual number of violations was down by 7 from last year when it was still referred to as Chi Delta House or 14 College Street.
Rounding out the top eight locations with the most violations
this year are Brunswick Apartments, Druckenmiller, Chamberlain south side,
and the Coffin Street lots.
Yanok points to director of security Bruce Boucher's dedication
to not overbook any lots when giving out permits as the reason behind
the decrease in the number of violations in these problem locations. Yanok
explains that, "In past years the Coffin Street lot was overbooked
by 20% under the assumption that not all of the registered vehicles would
be parked in the lot at the same time." Yanok claims that Boucher's
change in policy has played a large role in the decrease of overall violations.
Despite an overall greater compliance by students as far
as on campus parking goes, Yanok still asserts that a group of "hardcore
parking violators" still remains. Nevertheless, Yanok added that
this group has greatly diminished in size. Last year, there were 59 students
by late April who had at least three outstanding tickets. These scofflaws,
as they are referred to by security, owed a total of $5,900 to the College.
Yanok applauds this trend of greater compliance and hopes that it will continue. He also reminds students to not park beneath the famed Bowdoin pines especially as spring is upon us and the ground thaws. "Parking beneath the pines compacts the soil, which starves roots of water and oxygen and kills the trees," Yanok explains. This year eight dead and dying trees have been extracted along College Street as a result of parked cars starving the trees of nourishment.