Matt Olson, Copy Editor
Parking on campus has been an issue for many students since the start of the semester, and TWU students have faced this issue for at least the past decade.
The size of the student population increases, but the amount of parking spaces remains the same. Some students attempt to bypass the problem by parking in the nearest convenient – if improper – spot available. However, the TWU Department of Public Safety seeks to discourage these sorts of violations through issuing parking citations.
TWU DPS Chief Elizabeth Pauley said in an email: “Each semester is different: [during the] fall semester, many are new to campus and beginning to understand that parking is enforced, so more citations are issued; [in other words] Parking Rules and Regulations enforced. [During] the spring and summer, most [students who] have been on campus comply with the Parking Rules and Regulations, so [we see] fewer citations.”
The cost of citations ranges… as well as overtime parking and an improper display of the parking decal cost $25. Pauley was unable to provide the number of this semester’s parking tickets, which is totaled at the end of the semester. Asked where money gathered from parking citations went, Pauley responded: “[It] goes to the operation of keeping the TWU campus a safe community.”
She added: “The majority of our community comply. They did know it was a violation.” Pauley recommended that students read the Parking Rules and Regulations, which are available online at http://www.twu.edu/dps/parking_rules.asp.