Confusing parking signs downtown have been costing drivers money and the city time. Channel Six has been digging deeper and found out the city’s plans to solve the problem.
Kay and Janae Anderson are from out of state, but visited Omaha this past winter to take their grand-kids to a UNO hockey game. When they first got there they looked for a parking spot. They came across a spot with this sign: “It says handicap parking only. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with a 3 hour limit. We thought, ‘oh great.’ We pulled in there and went to the hockey game.”
You can imagine their surprise when a $198 parking ticket was waiting for them. “I’d never park in a handicap zone on purpose.”
It’s a sign that’s been confusing to a lot of people for several years, so the Anderson's decided to try and do something. “I’m going to fight it.”
Monday the ticket went to court and a judge dismissed it, meaning the couple doesn’t have to pay anything. Their next question, will the sign be changed? The city says yes. “We want to eliminate the confusion,” said city engineer Todd Pfitzer.
It will be the third time the city has changed the signs in seven years in order to try and make them less confusing. “We are hoping by adding a separate sign, it indicates this is a handicap parking place only, but there are restrictions on these certain times,” said Pfitzer.
A change that the city hopes people will understand better. The 12 to 15 signs are expected to be replaced with new ones within the next week.