Consider Student Status for Newark Parking Citations
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Parking fines in Newark are outrageously high-priced to begin with, but for many university students working part-time, minimum-wage jobs while attending classes and preparing to pay off hefty student loans, they are virtually unaffordable. When classes run over the allotted time, we are forced to make a choice: do we miss essential materials in class in order to pay the meter and avoid a citation or do we incur the fines and miss out on the education we pay so much money for? Students in Newark, Delaware make up 43.6% of the city's population, yet we are not considered when parking citations are given out. The Alderman's Court reports that it made $441,656.82 from parking ticket collections last year, but how much of that money belongs to students who are trying to make their way in the world? The only solution is that students are given consideration when cited for parking violations. This petition proposes a 50% reduction in fines for those matriculated at the University of Delaware. This way, the students are held responsible for their behavior when parking in the City, but it can be more affordable and less stressful if they happen to incur a citation.
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