In Long Island sensors will now detect illegally parked vehicles. Massapequa Park is to be the first municipality to use electric sensors in the streets to detect such vehicles. So be careful where you park your car or you can get slapped with a $25 fine.
Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said that for them it was a safety issue. He said that the new system comes in response to a rash of illegally parked cars that’s resulted in all sorts of problems. They were parking in front of fire hydrants and cross walks he said.
50 spots have been earmarked for where the sensors will be placed near the Park Boulevard business center. Not everyone is happy at the thought of this big brother type technology which informs police officers of an illegally parked vehicle on their mobile phones.
There are privacy concerns from many citizens and Quick Stop Deli owner Ajay Singh has another query. He wants to know what happens when somebody comes into town for the first time wants to stop into my shop for ten minutes, gets a parking ticket and then they never come back?
The technology which is called Street Smart Automated Parking Solutions is to be implemented by the Village in a two month, no cost trial. If it is effective it may be used in the future. The Long Island Checker Cab Company is going to implement it.