Careless parking will get you a ticket, but you can appeal it

Hannah Crews
Larry Willis, a multimedia journalism major from Daphne who was a junior in the spring, didn’t want to walk in the rain to class, so he thought it would be a good idea to drive closer to his classroom.
“I live in the Newman Center, and that’s farther from most of the major buildings on campus than the other dorms,” Willis said. “If I drive, I get a ticket.” And on this occasion, he did.
Color-coded stickers govern parking. If you live on east campus, your sticker will be red; west campus and the Newman Center are green; and if you are a commuter, the sticker is black. But if you are a freshman commuter, the sticker will be yellow.
Parking in the wrong zone often results in a ticket that costs $10. These parking zone rules are enforced on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Before and after hours, the rules are relaxed to allow students to park anywhere except handicap and yellow zones.
“I don’t give out the same kinds of tickets that they give out during the day,” said Jerry Dean Smith, who is a patrolwoman for the university police and often works late hours. “If they don’t have (a) decal, then I give out tickets for that, too.”
If you decide that you don’t want to move your car, you can always take the university buses. According to the university website, three shuttle routes operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. These shuttles run on the hour and half-hour and can take you around the city of Troy on specified routes. It’s free.
Larry Willis wanted to appeal his ticket, so he went to the Adams Administration Building and asked about the procedure.
Willis was directed to the Student Government Association office, which is located in the Trojan Center, Room 215. From there, Willis had to visit the website
You fill out the form there to appeal your ticket, and the SGA Traffic Appeals Committee reviews the appeals weekly. These meetings are open to the public, and the dates and times are on the website.
Willis’ ticket was given to him because he supposedly had an altered decal. But his appeal succeeded, so he didn’t have to pay the fine.
Katie Sippel, a math and economics major from Mobile who was a sophomore in the spring, is a member of the committee and said that it receives about 10 ticket appeals a week.
“What we base the overturn of the appeal is determined by what the person’s plea is,” Sippel said. “If they have pictures and documentation to support the reason for why they feel (the) ticket should be appealed, we take that into consideration. Usually there are weird exceptions, like if the ticket shouldn’t have been given in the first place.”
Sippel also said that the appeals committee operates case by case. No two tickets are the same.
If a student is using a friend’s or a parent’s car, that student will need to get a parking pass from the university police station. This pass can cover the car roughly a week and cost upwards of $10.
Paige Bartlett, a nursing major from Decatur who was a junior in the spring, got a ticket in the fall for parking her mother’s car at the library and not having the visitor’s pass.
“The next time I used my mom’s car, I got one of the passes,” she said. “Apparently, that’s a clear-cut rule, but they (the police) did not do a very good job at explaining the fact that you can get a temporary decal.”
“It’s definitely more beneficial to get a Troy tag rather than paying for a parking pass every year,” said Laurel Brown, a social work major from Mobile who was a junior in the spring.
Your car needs a university parking sticker and a state license tag. This tag can be one that is made for Troy University. Joanna Johnson, a clerk in the Pike County probate office, said the Troy University tag costs $50 more per year than a normal tag.
If you buy the Troy University tag, you will still need a campus parking sticker, but you won’t have to pay for it. The sticker normally costs $75, so the tag is a better buy. To get a sticker, visit the campus police station, which is in Hamil Hall next to the bookstore.
According to a September 2013 article in the Tropolitan, a “national standard requires 49 parking spots for every 100 students. Based on these numbers, Troy would need 3,430 parking spots to meet the national standard. Troy surpasses that number by 347 parking spaces.”
Also in this article, University Police Chief John McCall said that students need to look at Troy University as a “pedestrian campus.”

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