Letter: Mysterious enforcement of parking on Watch Hill’s Larkin Road

Letter: Mysterious enforcement of parking on Watch Hill’s Larkin Road

The Westerly Sun


Before parking our car in a Westerly resident designated spot on Thursday, May 18, on Larkin Road in Watch Hill, we carefully checked the parking signage that stated that the spots were for Westerly residents only “between Memorial Day and October 15.” We’re good, we thought.

After enjoying a lovely hour of shopping in Watch Hill, we returned to our car to find a parking ticket for parking in a “resident only zone.”

Every car on Larkin Road had a ticket just like it. I saw the officer writing the tickets and when I pointed out what the signage said, he would not acknowledge either my questions or what the sign clearly stated. He was “told to write tickets,” he said.

Writing tickets in violation of stated Rhode Island Code — clearly stated on the signage — is an abuse of power and illegal. I am wondering if it is because all of the cars had out-of-state plates and the fine was a mysterious $15 and not $75, that the powers that be think that we will just pay the ticket rather than fight it?

Guess again. If I have to drive up from Philadelphia to protest this abuse of power, I will.

Jeanne Andrews
Philadelphia, Pa.


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