While sitting outside at Mishka’s on a beautiful day, I witnessed three cars do an illegal U-turn to get into a parking space close to the front door. My understanding is that the fine for this citation is about $240, and to have the violation removed from your driving record (so your insurance doesn’t go up), you must pay the fine plus a $71 processing fee, plus another $40 for traffic school (plus a lot of aggravation and time).
I am confused. Two-thirds of these drivers appeared to be students, laptops/backpacks at the ready and physically able, but noticeably overweight. While they attempted to park, car and bike traffic backed up and had to wait while these drivers maneuvered back and forth awkwardly to position their cars in the angled parking space.
Why not park legally a little farther away and avoid this dangerous and expensive risk just to save a few steps? Better yet, why not walk or ride downtown? People pay to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike, when they could do it for free to get where they want to go in Davis and have more money left over for a latte.
Maria Contreras Tebbutt