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NY1 For You: Queens Drivers Say 'T' Intersection Stands for Tickets

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In one Queens neighborhood where parking spots are hard to come by, drivers say they're being ticketed for parking in legal spots. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

One Corona intersection has four crosswalks that lead to nowhere, yet drivers are still ticketed for parking in front of them.

"I'm parking legally but I'm still getting tickets," says Julio Rodriguez, a Corona resident.

The $115 tickets are issued for blocking a pedestrian crosswalk. Rodriguez says he has repeatedly fought and got them dismissed.

"I've won 39 tickets but to tell you the truth I'm tired," says Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says he's tired of taking off work, driving to court, paying for parking and generally wasting his time. NY1 found that according to New York City Traffic rules, parking is allowed at some "T" intersections—those without traffic signals, all-way stop signs or crosswalk markings—even if there is a curb cut at that location. The exact description of this particular intersection.

After getting 39 tickets dismissed, Rodriguez says he believes the 'T' in 'T' intersection stands for Ticket Trap.

"I once got so fed up that I made a copy of all the depositions saying I'm not guilty, not guilty, not guilty and I put a big sign and I would still get the tickets," says Rodriguez.

NY1 contacted the NYPD and a spokeswoman said traffic enforcement will be commencing training for traffic agents in the area to review the law.

"NY1 For You" will keep an eye on the situation.

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