RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The City of Richmond gives out thousands of parking tickets every year.
Over the past three years, Richmond has collected more than $13 million from parking tickets.
“It’s just mind-blowing,” said downtown business owner George Copeland, whose car is full of parking tickets.
Copeland just opened a new business in downtown Richmond. Since then, he’s racked up more than $400 in parking tickets.
There are parking meters and parking signs all over the city, but you are more likely to get a ticket in certain areas.
You might be surprised. Then again, maybe you’ve collected your fair share of green citations.
In fact, half of the 10 blocks in Richmond where you are most likely to get a ticket are located downtown.
“A lot of times you’ll have a ticket waiting for you,” VCU student Brittany Justice said.
Drivers received more tickets on the 900 block of West Franklin Street than any other Richmond block over the past three years.
“This is probably the one street that if you’re five to ten minutes late to your car…you’ll get a ticket,” Justice said.
Those tickets were among thousands that generated more than $13 million for city coffers between 2011 and 2013.
“It just adds up…it’s unbelievable,” Copeland said.
Richmond resident Taryn Adkins agreed that the tickets can be frustrating, but calls them necessary.
“If there were no restrictions why wouldn’t the person just leave their car all day…there has to be time limits for people,” Adkins said.
But, Copeland said those limits are too restrictive.
CBS6 asked the city why more tickets are handed out on certain blocks.
A spokeswoman told us it’s simply because those blocks are more busy, and there is more traffic there.
Here is a list of the blocks where the most parking tickets were issued between 2011 and 2013:
900 West Franklin Street 5874 tickets
500 North 10th Street 5247 tickets
800 West Franklin Street 4980 tickets
900 West Main Street 4734 tickets
500 North 11th Street 4531 tickets
1300 West Broad Street 3510 tickets
800 East Clay Street 3407 tickets
900 West Grace Street 3380 tickets
800 East Marshall Street 3109 tickets
500 North 12th Street 3108 tickets