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Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking 157

Posted by samzenpus
from the shame-your-neighbor dept.
cartechboy writes "Illegal parking has always been a major problem in Rome. More than half of Rome's 2.7 million residents use private vehicles, and the ancient city has a staggering ratio of 70 cars per 100 residents. So many residents park, uh, creatively. But now authorities think they've found a way to fight bad parking using social media. Basically, they've asked residents to post photos of bad parking jobs to Twitter. In December, the Italian cops began encouraging smart phone users to snap pics of illegally parked cars and tweet those photos to the department's Twitter account. The new system, which was created by Raffaele Clemente, Rome's chief of traffic police, seems to be working. In the first 30 days, police received more than 1,000 complaints tweeted to their account; (one example is here). Officials were able to respond to around 740 and hand out citations."
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Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

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  • by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @11:42AM (#46134157)

    What irks me is the lack of town planning for cars in European cities then the incompetent authorities act like it is all the citizens fault. I get that they have ancient medieval town centers that are almost impossible to modify - but that is no excuse for not providing adequate amounts of free to almost free just out-of-town parking and efficient cheap public transport into the centers (efficient does not mean it has to be profitable in the direct sense).

    Singapore for example with so little space has pioneered high rise cheap parking for all out in the suburbs and electronic pay to enter town centers that really increased the quality of life in the inner city, or so I hear.

    Don't get me started on the last century traffic lights on timers and no trigger sensors of any kind in sight even at the pedestrian crossings. Christmas lights I like to call them. The amount of petrol they must waste stopping scores of cars for no reason must be mind-boggling.

    /rant off.

  • Re:Privacy Risks (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02, 2014 @11:44AM (#46134171)

    Since when is a license plate private? It's as public as the number on your house, and Google Street already put those online.

  • Re:Privacy Risks (Score:5, Insightful)

    by megabeck42 (45659) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @11:45AM (#46134175)

    At risk of being put online? Don't people risk exposing their license plates every time they back out of the garage?

    I think the real concern is, "This just puts millions of illegally parking individuals at risk of being publicly shamed."

    The best protection for any one concerned their license plate may end up online seems pretty simple and obvious: think ahead, be considerate, and don't park like an asshole.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02, 2014 @12:16PM (#46134327)

    That's because most town planning like this is run by civil engineers. And not just any civil engineer... civil engineers that couldn't find jobs in the private sector and work for the government. The gutter trash of the engineering world.

  • by Sique (173459) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @12:27PM (#46134357) Homepage

    What irks me is the lack of town planning for cars in European cities then the incompetent authorities act like it is all the citizens fault.

    First, those towns were planned when there were no cars at all. Second, some towns tried to restructure itself into a more car friendly town, and the result was a less human friendly town. For some reasons, the most searched for towns are those with a horrible parking situation. So blame who you want, towns with a not adequate parking situation fare better in general, because they seem to get the general idea how to operate a town, and one aspect seems to not concentrate on cars too much.

  • by godrik (1287354) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @12:37PM (#46134391)

    Whie I entirely aggree with you that the main problem comes from the city lacking the proper parking spaces, that makes it no excuse to park like a complete douche.

  • by Richard_at_work (517087) <richardprice@noSPAM.gmail.com> on Sunday February 02, 2014 @12:44PM (#46134431)

    But the issue with Rome is the people that live there and the cars they drive - I highly doubt they would be interested in out of town park and rides.

  • Re:Privacy Risks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @01:03PM (#46134539)

    Why not just use the non-emergency number that most police agencies have to report a parking infraction?

    Because this provides photographic proof of the bad parking before they send out a meter maid.

    This just puts millions of license plates at risk of being put online for the purpose of reporting a person's supposedly bad parking.

    Never quite understood this whole 'privacy of license plates' thing. If I look out the window right now I can see a dozen+ license plates. If I went for a walk I'd see hundreds. How is it private if there are two of them on every car for everyone to see?

  • by jfdavis668 (1414919) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @01:03PM (#46134541)
    You do realize that most European cities existed for hundreds or even thousands of years before cars were invented?
  • Re:Wrong ration (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jfdavis668 (1414919) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @01:04PM (#46134551)
    Rome existed for thousands of years before the car was invented. Sorry that they didn't think of savings space for car parks during the bronze age.
  • by arvindsg (1757328) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @01:07PM (#46134559)

    The new system, which was created by Raffaele Clemente, Rome's chief of traffic police, seems to be working.

    I would argue if it were working then they wouldn't be getting many such tweets. Perfaps you forget aim is not to give more itations but fewer illegal parkings. All we can say is it might work.

  • Re:Privacy Risks (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02, 2014 @01:23PM (#46134627)

    America is litigation land, and they just don't want the hassle of any frivolous lawsuits.

  • by Captain Splendid (673276) <capsplendid&gmail,com> on Sunday February 02, 2014 @03:04PM (#46135101) Homepage Journal
    First the government screw up the cities

    Well, seeing as this is London, and was "planned" over hundreds of years, I don't think that criticism works as well as you think.
  • by zsau (266209) <(slashdot) (at) (thecartographers.net)> on Sunday February 02, 2014 @05:45PM (#46135923) Homepage Journal

    The European design wastes a lot less petrol than the American design, because you can get around and do a lot without even getting into the car. It is a local inefficiency as a trade-off for a higher-level efficiency. In America, you want to buy milk? You have to move a ton of steel around at homicidal speeds. In Europe, you want to buy milk? You walk for the same amount of time—or less—and you buy it from the shops.

    "Town planning fail" happens when you think that the car is an important and necessary part of modern life. It's not. It's useful that some people have cars; but to think it should be convenient for everyone to drive most of the time is foolishness.

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