Two Doubleparked Traffic Agents, Sunnyside Up
Breakfasting NYPD traffic enforcement agents doubleparked at 97th St. and Amsterdam Ave. this morning
Being a New York City traffic enforcement agent couldn’t be an easy job. If the cops are the city’s "Finest" and the firefighters the "Bravest," traffic enforcement agents have to be the "Most Disliked-est." Angry confrontations with ticketed motorists must be a regular part of the job. Certainly, the drivers of cars 7408 and 7242 deserved to take a load off at the local diner after the morning’s ticket blitz to trade war stories over breakfast.
But are they entitled to illegally double park their own cars for the entire duration of their meal? Apparently, they believe so. Like thousands of other government workers in New York, these guys believe that the city’s parking rules don’t apply to them. In fact, these are the city employees who are supposed to be enforcing those rules. What’s more: Why do these guys even need cars in the first place? Why aren’t they using a scooter, a bike or the subway and their own two feet?
Meanwhile, because of the double parked traffic cars and the truck on the far right that was double parked, the flow of traffic was severely disrupted as four lanes of moving traffic at 96th Street had to merge into just two. While they were having breakfast, they created a traffic safety hazard. Somehow, "But I’m on my break" doesn’t seem to be an adequate response.