Memphis man questions early morning parking ticket - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis man questions early morning parking ticket

(WMC-TV) - An Action News 5 viewer said he got a ticket for parking too close to his mailbox, but the ticket was written at a time he claimed no mail would be delivered.

In an e-mail to Action News 5, a viewer wanted to know why he was tickets at 1:35 a.m. for parking by the curb near his mailbox in front of his house.

According to Memphis police citations section 11-40-2 A.15, any person "obstructing access to any United States mailbox" at any time can be ticketed, even if it is your mailbox.

Bill Runyan, who lives in the University of Memphis area, said his driveway is frequently obstructed, but he rarely sees anyone get ticketed.

"Students will park and just leave it for hours, and it's like, hello, I need to get out," said Runyan.

Runyan said he did not see the point in ticketing someone for obstructing a mailbox early in the morning.

"I think if someone was obstructing a mailbox during active postal hours, then that would be one thing," he said.  "But I don't know of any mailmen that get or deliver mail at midnight, so I just don't see the point other than they need to fulfill a quota."

Runyan said if police are serious about ticketing residents while they sleep for mailbox obstruction, at least give a warning.

"In case the postal service gets a throbbing urge to deliver mail in the middle of the night, I think they should warn people not to park in front of their mailboxes in the middle of the night," said Runyan.  "It just seems a little absurd to me."

As with any parking or traffic citation, the ticket must be paid within 15 days after it is issues or the violator must appear in court or pay additional fees.

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