Graham697 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 354 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
Do traffic officers need to chill a bit?
Car Lands In A Pickle At Airport
By THOMAS W. KRAUSE email@example.com BY: and PETER BERNARD
Published: Apr 16, 2004
TAMPA - As cars crowded Tampa International Airport's ``blue'' arrival area Tuesday, a man sitting in a parked car faced a dilemma. Should he risk getting a ticket for not moving the car or attempt to drive it, even though he didn't know how to use a stick shift?
He decided to try driving the Honda Civic and ended up hitting two people and two cars.
Witnesses said Carmelo Cordero, 29, told the traffic specialist he didn't have a license and couldn't drive a stick shift. He was sitting in the passenger seat while the driver was inside the airport. Despite Cordero's protests, witnesses said, the airport police employee told him to move the car or face getting a ticket.
When Cordero hit the gas, the car lurched forward, struck two women and then wedged between two other cars.
``The poor boy,'' said Beverly King, 74, who was knocked to her back side by the moving car. ``Afterward, he came out and said `I told them I couldn't drive. I told them so.' It really wasn't his fault.''
King suffered bruises and scrapes, and she was still sore Thursday evening. Her daughter-in-law also was knocked down, King said.
King's son, Jeffrey, said he heard Cordero telling the traffic specialist, ``I can't drive.''
TIA Police Chief Paul Sireci said the traffic specialist, identified in the police report as R. Murray, denies Cordero told him he didn't have a license. The report says Murray stuck his hand in the car window to help Cordero with the stick shift.
Sireci said his department will conduct an investigation.
The traffic specialist, who is not a sworn officer, is on leave with pay, Sireci said.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2971 times:
Gosh...sounds just like MCI - I picked my sister up last night and told her to watch the cop....sure enough, a car pulls up, a woman gets out of the passenger side, a man from the drivers side, and before they could get to the trunk to remove baggage, the cop pulled up behind him, lights flashing. I often wonder, am I safer being harrassed while trying to drop someone and their luggage off because I stopped curbside, or am I just as likely to be killed by a guy with a car bomb, one lane over, driving a perfectly legal 5 mph. Pure idiocy.
Nlink From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2803 times:
It seems like it is easier to follow rules/regulation and not park in front of the terminal and no parking zones. It's not brain surgery, Do not park means don't park which a lot of people have comprehending. It doesn't matter if you like it or not, don't do it. I wish they would even be more stricter with the tow trucks in some of these airports that don't follow federal regulations, you get out of the car and walk off its towed off, no second chances.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
THAT IS FREAKY!!!!!
I was just at TPA a few weeks ago. Can someone describe exactly where the blue arrival is??? Near the rest of the arrival places, duh, but where is it specifically located? This way I can remember if I was actually at TPA's blue arrival and not near it. Thanks.
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
there are circumstances where you should be ticketed (like in this case, where the driver left)....but if you are driving your best friend/significant other/family member to the airport and go to the trunk to help unload bags (and NOT go to the curbside), it should not warrant a ticket.
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 9890 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
What exactlt is the "blue" area? There's a difference between parking and stoping. Can you stop in the blue lane zone? As far as I know, it's in the yellow zone that you're not allowed to park. Do airports have their own traffic rules?
Graham697 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
One the title was for fun and I would never work for a tabloid. For everyone else the "Blue" zone as you call it just distinguishes two sides of the airport. The Enlightened People who designed TPA split the airport up into two colors Red and Blue. Airlines are assigned a color and that is where ticketing and baggage claim is located for each airline. There are also Blue and Red elevators for each side which take you to the Short Term Packing Garage.
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
I think that the Traffic officers at both MCO and TPA are power hungry. If you tell them you don't have a liscence or don't know how to drive a manual transmission they harass you to the point of insanity.
Fsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
Here, I do side with the cops on this one, cuz you don't tell someone to watch a car while you go inside. Never, park your ass in a lot. But I do have to say some of these cops at the airports do go overboard at the departure/ arrival area, when they see someone get out of the car to help the person they ar picking up or dropping off, with there baggage. I have run into this problem at KMIA, KFLL, KMCO, KTPA, KTLH, KATL, KSEA within the last year alone. Just getting out of the car is not enough to warrant any warning from the cop (Its a different story if you are leaving the vicinity of the car). I'll tell the cops a thing or two while I am loading up the car... If they want to take me off in a car for helping load the person I am picking up/ dropping off, well, c'est la vie, we'll just have to deal with that if the time ever comes.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
But in a statement he gave to police, Murray said he "assisted . . . by reaching inside and placing the car gear shift in neutral." Murray would be the parking Nazi.
Jeffrey King said Murray yelled repeatedly at Cordero to move the car, threatening to tow it. "This young man said, "I can't drive. I don't have a license,' " King said. "He must have said it five times: "I can't drive a stick shift.'
"His arms were locked out straight and his eyes were as big as saucers. He had no idea what to do. This man was petrified."
King is the son of the woman that got hit, interesting that he is sticking up for the driver.
Prediction, lawsuits against TPA followed by quite out of court settlements with cash payouts from TPA.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.