Lisa Foreman works in D.C. and has gotten enough parking tickets to know to check the signs diligently.  So she was surprised to find a $100 ticket on her car one day after conducting some business at the courthouse.

She double-checked the “2-hour parking” sign, then checked her watch.  She’d only been parked there 90 minutes.

She didn’t know there was another sign on the block prohibiting parking between 4 and 6:30 pm.  That’s the one the officer was looking at when she ticketed Lisa’s car.

WTOP Ticketbuster investigated and found 6 parking signs around the block in question.  Two signs say you can’t park between 4 and 6:30, and four say you can.  At one spot, contradicting signs are right next to each other.

This is a problem.

“It’s up to the government, if it’s going to enforce the rules, to make the signs not conflicting,” declares D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh. “The driver can’t be expected, if there’s a conflict, to parse which one they should follow.”

It’s “mass confusion,” says Lisa Foreman. “I don’t know how DDOT expects drivers to understand the rules, if it can’t even get the signs right.”

Once the error was publicized, the signs were corrected within 10 days.  Needless to say, Foreman is contesting her ticket.

Complex parking rules aside, there’s certainly some incompetence going on at the DDOT.  Did the officer even notice the conflicting signs?  Why didn’t she report it to her supervisor instead of writing a ticket?  Why do the signs conflict in the first place?

As Mark Meckler recently said, “If government did what it was supposed to do, it might be relatively good at its jobs.

Read more about the story and watch videos of the investigation here.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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