Ticketed Drivers Cry Foul Over Beverly Hills Parking Signs

Signs along a Beverly Hills street do not expressly prohibit overnight parking, but the city cites about 350 cars a month for it

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    A dispute between residents and parking officials was underway in Beverly Hills as confusing signs stacked with different rules were upsetting people who followed instructions. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (Published Friday, Aug 1, 2014)

    Drivers getting tickets for parking their cars overnight on some Beverly Hills streets are calling the citations unfair, saying the streets' parking signs are deceptive. 

    A parking ticket costing $63 shared by an NBC4 viewer showed his car was cited last week on N. Doheny Drive, for parking between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. 

    Beverly Hills officials said they cite about 350 cars a month for illegal overnight parking, which totals more than $22,000 in revenue for the city.

    But parking signs along the block don't include restrictions on overnight parking, unless drivers look closely to see "2:30 AM - 5:00 AM Ticket" handwritten in permanent marker at the bottom of a sign.

    Signs prohibiting overnight parking can only be found further up the street, at the intersection with Beverly Boulevard.

    "The signs for overnight parking are not everywhere," said Parking Enforcement Supervisor Alesha Johnson. 

    Officials said the city did not write the overnight times on the signs along the street. 

    Visitors parking their cars in the neighborhood said the confusing signs trap drivers into unfair tickets. 
    "I read it like 10,000 times. It's not fair," said Kimisha Davis, who found a ticket on her car Friday morning. "I can't believe this is real."
    Officials said first offenders can get a courtesy dismissal if they fight the citation.

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