Ticketed for parking on the lawn; FOX23 investigates further

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 1/18 5:27 pm Published: 1/18 5:25 pm

People like the family we spoke with which lives in North Tulsa told us it's not like they like putting tire ruts in their yard.

But considering the alternative they'll take the tire tracks.

"I feel safer parking it in the yard," said Mark Rake, North Tulsa resident.

FOX23 learned it's always been against the rules; but the city of Tulsa isn't going to send out warnings anymore to people parking on their lawn.

"We're going to change our actual overall process to where the warnings or the notices are not going to be sent," said Neighborhood Services Supervisor Kevin Cox.

If you're not parked on the street you have to be on a concrete or asphalt driveway, or in a garage.

But some people don't have a garage, and they say parking on the street comes with major risks.

"Most of these houses over here only have one-car driveways. If I leave it parked on the street people break into it, punch my tires, I've had all kinds of stuff done to it," said Rake, North Tulsa resident.

Others have told us their cars get hit too often when they park on the street. Mark has tried to explain to the city why he feels safest with his car as close to his house as possible.

"They don't care. They don't care. It's, 'This is the code and that's the way it is,'" said Rake, North Tulsa resident.

The city is now enforcing that code so whatever your reason, just know Tulsa Neighborhood Services has already started handing out tickets, and doesn't plan to make exceptions.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/19/2014 10:57 PM
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Welcome to the asfault jungle. The cost of adding enough paving for what unwashed mass (aka dirty sermon) recommends is much more than the ticket would be that NOBODY would donate that home improvement to their land lords house.

Unwashed Mass - 1/19/2014 6:19 PM
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Instead of the city using this as just another revenue source, why not allow the tickets to be dismissed if the property owner can show that they came in compliance with the law by adding a legal parking surface? That way the money goes to solving the problem rather than creating another hardship.

Mayor Maynot - 1/19/2014 1:57 PM
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Why don't they just tow them off.
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