[Sca-cooks] parking tags, was Pennsic history

Tom Vincent tom.vincent at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 1 12:19:53 PDT 2006

Wisconsin also has a nothing-hanging-from-the-rear-view-mirror law:

Kirsten Houseknecht <kirsten at fabricdragon.com> wrote:
  the law on the books says
"nothing may hang from the rear view mirror"
the fact is it is seldom enforced.

but my mom worked for handicapped assistance groups, and the handicapped tag
that you can hang on your rear view? law says take it off before driving or
you can be ticketed.
Kirsten Houseknecht
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jenn Strobel" 
To: "Cooks within the SCA" 
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Pennsic history

> On 7/31/06, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise 
> > > They and the local economy profit get a substantial boost from
> > > Pennsic. Some of you may remember a number of years ago that several
> > > PA state troopers sat just down the road pulling folks over and
> > > ticketing them for having the parking permit tags hanging from their
> > > mirrors. IMHO, this was strictly a stunt to fill the local tax
> > > coffers. That cost many SCA folk money they were needing for gas and
> > > meals to get home. When word got back to Pennsic, and the Coopers,
> > > apparently the Coopers made a few calls and the troopers disappeared
> > > not to reappear in succeeding years.
> >
> > Just FYI, I believe those were local cops, and legend has it, from the
> > next town over. The place where the alleged incident occurred wasn't,
> > from all I have heard, a state or federal highway. Also, I'm not aware
> > of ANY locality in PA that requires, or even allows, you to pay the
> > tickets on the spot.
> There is no area in Allegheny, Butler, or Lawrence Counties where you
> can pay cash on the spot for a traffic ticket. The closest i've seen
> is in Wilkinsburg, where the parking ticket is an envelope and they
> have little boxes that you can deposit the envelope with the fine
> enclosed.
> I have long been dubious about the parking tag = ticket rumour as I
> work for an organization where our parking passes are hangars that
> come down off of the rear-view mirror. In the five years i've driven
> around with something hanging off of my rear-view mirror, i've never
> had a cop say so much as "boo". I also see lots of people in the City
> of Pittsburgh with trinkets hanging off of their rear-view mirrors
> that are definitely blocking their view (Mardi Gras Beads,
> dreamcatchers, fuzzy dice...). I'd be curious to find out what the
> law actually says, as vs. what the urban legends say.
> Odriana
> Pittsburgh resident and native.
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