DENVER - Roger Miller lives in a quiet neighborhood with wide streets in southwest Denver.
"Federal [Boulevard] is over there; Sheridan [Boulevard] is over there. There's really nothing going on here," Miller said.
So while moving cars around in the driveway he was surprised to see a Denver parking enforcement agent across the street.
"He sat there and watched me. That's all. He was just waiting for any chance," Miller said.
Man refuses to pay ticket given by 'aggressive' agent. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. 06/17/14.
Miller admittedly parked facing the wrong direction right in front of his house. He left the car running. When he got back into the car to pull back into the driveway, Miller says he was confronted with what he calls an "aggressive agent."
"As I was backing it up, I heard a slam on the hood of the car. It was him," Miller said.
But the City of Denver says their agent was just trying to get out of the way as Miller tried to drive away. A story they say is all too common.
"So to brace himself, to avoid getting run over, he did have to touch that windshield to brace himself and avoid getting his foot run over or getting hit by the car," Nancy Kuhn, interim director of marketing and communications for the City and County of Denver, said.
Miller feels this is part of a desperate attempt to ramp up revenue. But, 9NEWS found the city actually issued about 13,500 less parking citations in 2014 than the same time period last year. January through May of 2013, there were 264,690 citations given. In the same time this year, only 251,112 were given. In all of 2014, there were 683,884 citations given.
"Our agents are trained to try and get voluntary compliance first from someone. So, if they see someone, they will try to approach them [and] tell them about the law they are breaking," Kuhn said.
Miller says that wasn't the case when he got his ticket.
"If he had a conversation, a ticket never would have happened. Because I would have said, 'Oh sorry, I'm just moving my cars!' As he could have seen, that would have been it," expressed a frustrated Miller.
He isn't giving in. It's not the $25 that's bothering him. It's the principle.
"A lot of people just pay the ticket. If you didn't do it, fight it," Miller said.
The city is taking this as an opportunity to educate the public on some of the less-obvious parking violations. For example, drivers cannot park more than 18 inches away from a curb. Another lesser known law: cars must be moved at least 100 feet every 72 hours.
For a full list of violations, visit http://bit.ly/SRlWh4.
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