Thursday, July 03, 2008

More Stupidity from DPD

I've come to the conclusion that someone somewhere is offering a multi-million dollar prize to the person who makes the stupidest decision in 2008. That really is the only way I can think of to explain some of the blatant nonsense that has come out of the Detroit Police Department's leadership in recent days.

The most recent round of stupidity focuses on the Department's decision to levying $55 fines against anyone whose bicycle isn't licensed. The license in question has been on the books since 1964. However, it's rarely been enforced.

The decision to start enforcing this one - after 44 years of not doing so - is perplexing. It's made even worse by the fact that one can only get this license:
  • At a police station (the closest one to the Warrendale neighborhood is the Northwestern District at 11450 Warwick St.); and
  • Even then, one can only get this license between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The fact that one can only get this license during those hours means that most people will have to either take time off of work to go get it, take time off of work to fight the ticket in court or simply pay $55 every time they want to ride a bicycle in Detroit.

None of these options sounds all that appealing.
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