What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Rhode Island
I rented a car and parked my car at the end of a row of cars in the parking lot
of the rental agency which is on a highway. When I returned to get my car, there was a $20 ticket for parking on the sidewalk. There is no sidewalk.
I went to the police station and was told that I either have to pay the ticket, talk to the cop, who works 12 a.m - 8 a.m., or "plead not guilty" and go to court. When I said there was no sidewalk, a cop asked if there was dirt, which there is. He said that there is a city ordinance that one cannot park within 8 feet of the highway. When I later looked at the ticket there were a list of violations. One is you cannot park within 8 feet of a fire hydrant; nothing about not parking within 8 feet of the street. I said what the rental agent said to me- they park a row of cars closer to the street than I was parked, and they have been there for years. He said that they were lucky they did not get tickets. When I walked into the police station, I thought it strange that there were 2 windows of offices - one solely for tickets with a few people in each of the offices- looks like it is big business here. Any suggestions