OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro woman and two others said they were ticketed while moving holiday decorations into a house earlier this week.
They were parked in the grass outside a home in southwest Oklahoma City.
Wanda Cox said, “We were here, why didn’t they knock on the door?”
Cox is upset. Monday she was visiting a friend, helping move a few things in to the house.
She parked her SUV just off the driveway.
Another truck was in the yard for unloading and the homeowners truck sat in the same spot where he’s parked for eight years.
So, when they came out and each found a $100 ticket on their vehicles, they were mad.
Cox said, “Just my tires were off the driveway.”
City officials said it doesn’t matter how far into the yard a car is parked, it’s illegal.
Charles Locke, with the City of Oklahoma City, said, “When you drive on the grass, on a soft surface you have the potential to damage our utility lines.”
In fact, Wanda’s SUV was in the worst place, near the curb where city water lines run.
City officials said the code inspector was there long enough to write three tickets and take several pictures.
Had they actually seen activity there’s a chance they would have asked that the cars be moved, instead of handing out tickets.
Locke said, “Usually the only way they’ll give a warning is if it’s an attended vehicle where they are loading or unloading.”
Finding a car parked off the driveway is pretty common in this particular neighborhood.
Cox said, “They weren’t made for three and four family cars.”
Cox said the driveways in the area are a big part of the problem.
Very few are wide enough for more than one car.
City officials said if you cannot afford to expand your driveway with concrete but need it to be wider, you can expand with gravel as long as it meets city code.
They also say there were numerous tickets issued in that same neighborhood Monday afternoon for the same violation.