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Parking in D.C.: City wrote 1.8M tickets last year

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If you've ever tried to park in D.C., you know it can be frustrating.

“It’s really messy,” says Matthew Leis. “It takes forever to find a spot.”

With 1.2 million drivers coming to D.C. daily for work and only 17,000 metered spaces to go around, it may not be surprising the 1300 and 1400 blocks of L St. NW, right in the heart of the business district, are the city’s most ticketed areas.

AAA says part of the reason why the area has the highest concentration of parking tickets in the city is because metered parking spots have been replaced with bike lanes.

“The bike lanes have taken up all the parking spaces,” says Mike Busch.

Another ticketing hot spot is the 1300 block of K St., right where Ann Miller was nabbed for parking in the rush hour zone.

“I was just walking out the door. I had a $100 ticket,” she says.

Some say confusing and contradicting signs are a parking ticket trap.

The city is writing tickets at a record rate, raking in nearly $90 million just last year.

The city wrote 1.8 million parking tickets in 2012, up 200,000 tickets from the year before. That’s nearly 6,000 parking tickets each day, or 400 tickets an hour and seven tickets each minute.

"We're not only writing more tickets than the average city our size across the country, but we're writing more tickets every year, every day, every month, every hour, every minute. The efficiency is increasing,” says John Townsend, AAA Mid Atlantic spokesperson.

AAA says with the spread of electronic parking enforcement, it expects ticketing to stay on the rise.

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