Illegal parking proves to be a problem


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Ashley Higginbotham |Staff Reporter
Published February 12, 2015; 9:30 a.m.

Parking, or lack thereof, is a consistent problem on college campuses.
For the year of 2014, Lindenwood Security gave out 2,095 citations.

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“Most were for failure to get a permit or illegally parking,” Director of Public Safety and Security John Bowman said.
Drivers who fail to purchase a permit, and those who park in the fire lane, handicapped or visitors lot were the most popular citations given out to students and faculty.
Parking permits cost $2 per vehicle and can be purchased in either the Student Development Office or the Safety and Security Office located at 110 S. Kingshighway, across from the historic side of campus.
Yellow curbs designate fire lanes and are not for cars to be parked in, according to the security website.
Red curbs signify 10-minute parking courtesy lanes.
There is also no parking allowed in the Roemer lot between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m.
If a student or faculty member receives a citation, it must be paid at the Business Office in Roemer Hall.
If not, there will be a hold placed on that student’s account, and that student cannot graduate or receive official transcripts until the individual takes care of the citation.
“The citation goes on their ledger,” Bowman said.
Once that debt is paid off, the money that is received goes back to the parking and maintenance department, according to Chief Business Officer Terry Kapeller.
The price of each citation varies, though.
“A failure to receive a permit is $25,” Bowman said, “while parking illegally in a fire lane or handicapped lane can go up to $75.”
A student cannot receive an increase in the price of a citation for multiple offenses, but a student can receive more than one citation at one time.
“If you do not have a permit and are parked, let’s say in a fire lane,” Bowman said, “It would be $25 for the failure and up to $75 for the illegal parking.”
In the records, the cost of each citation is added together.
“We count it as one summons issued,” Bowman said.
If a student feels they were wrongly delivered a citation, Bowman also deals with appeals.
“They have 30 days to make an appeal to me,” Bowman said.
The appeal must have good reason, and must be delivered via email to Bowman.
Any other ways will not be accepted.
Bowman then decides if those grounds are good enough for an appeal.
In 2014, 344 appeals were written to Bowman, and 244 of those were approved.