The Lakewood Township yesterday installed ‘no stopping or standing’ signs along a portion of E. Kennedy Blvd., in Lakewood.
The signs were installed along the northern northern side of the road between Somerset Avenue in and Milano Drive. The signs were approved by the Township in response to requests from the neighbors who had to maneuver between two rows of parked cars along the narrow road.
Police were there this morning enforcing the new signs.
Nonsense. Nearly all neighbors are opposed to to this no parking ordinance, which inconveniences hundreds of cars that park along that stretch (space for nearly 30 parked cars at each given moment).
Someone spoke up at the township meeting but the Mayer failed to adequately address the citizens concerns.
As he was walking down E. Kennedy Blvd on Wednesday morning, one Lakewood resident reportedly stopped to examine the new signs.
“I love these new signs,” he said to himself as he pulled out his cell phone to snap a few photos of the signs.
A police officer on foot patrol, who happened to be walking by at that moment, told him: “I hope you’re enjoying your walk, but I can’t allow you to just stop and stand here like that! You’re the first person I’m ticketing today for violating the new ordinance.”
“Oh, come on, stop already!” the Lakewood resident told the police officer. “I didn’t do anything wrong! You can’t stop me like that! I won’t stand for this!”
“I didn’t stop you,” the police officer told him, “you stopped here on your own before I even got here! And don’t tell me to ‘stop already’ because you know as well as I do that we’re not permitted to stop here!”
“And don’t tell me you ‘won’t stand for this’, when you’re clearly standing here at this very moment!”
“I’m writing you out a ticket,” he said, “so stop…, I mean quit complaining already!”
The police officer took out his ticket book, and started to write out a ticket, when the Police Chief, who happened to be passing by, hollered out his car window: “Hey, Officer Jones! Can’t you read the signs?! You’re not supposed to stop or stand here! Keep walking! And that’s an order, Jones!”
The police officer handed the Lakewood resident a ticket and started to walk off. But then he pulled out his ticket book and wrote out a second ticket.
“One ticket for you, and one ticket for me,” he explained. “Have a nice day.
A nice sense of humor
why is this a no stopping or standing? its far wider than many other streets around town that allow parking on both sides.
This street is plenty wide. Just another instance of government making ridiculous decisions.
I wonder who asked for it?
I don’t live there, but I often drive through, and the street is definitely not wide enough for two cars to comfortably drive (i.e. without crawling through or having one pull over until the other passes) between two parked cars.
You forgot that many many people open up their car doors to the max without paying attention if anyone happens to be driving by.
You are right that if both cars are parked exactly touching the curb and their doors are closed and assuming we are dealing with a car that is not very wide.
If the cars are parked 6 inches from the curb, there is no room at all for traffic in both directions to flow smoothly.
We already had an accident over there when someone exited their vehicle (cellphone touching ear) and completely did not realize that a car was driving by.
Although I am against it, someone will probably take the signs down late at night just like it was done before. What has to happen is that street needs to be widened and it can be.
Thank you Mayor , this is long overdue
There is so much room to widen the street to comfortably fit, even head in parking. Why isn’t this being done?
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