Traffic Tickets in Yosemite National Park

Visiting a Yosemite and other national parks can be a fun and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, it can also be an extremely costly and frustrating experience. This article focuses on the common practices and corruption which is prevalent among law enforcement agents all throughout Yosemite National Park. To enter the park by a normal vehicle, the fee is $20, which sounds reasonable. After all, the Yosemite has huge attendance, and is consistently ranked in the top 5 most visited national parks. If spent wisely, the revenue from the entrance fee alone would be more than enough to employ and maintain the entire park, never mind revenue from camping sites, lodging, food, etc. Still, Yosemite will milk you for all your worth and it starts with the park police.

As soon as you enter Yosemite, you’ll notice a drastically increased police presence. Rest assured, the police are not there for your safety, or for the safety of the animals or wilderness. The police are there generate as much revenue as possible by giving you tickets. Speeding tickets, parking tickets, littering tickets, just about anything you can think of. Sometimes, the tickets they give are legitimate, but more often the case, they are not. Let’s take a look at all the ways you can get a speeding ticket in Yosemite.

Yosemite National Park is filled with speed traps of all sorts. For example, there are a handful of tunnels in the park, and at the end of each tunnel is a very easy place for a police officer to hide. In fact, I’ve seen a police officer on a motor cycle laying in wait just outside of a tunnel, all in the pursuit of screwing someone over by giving him or her a bogus ticket. Due to how the tunnel is built, it is impossible for a driver to see the corrupt officer until after it is too late. There are also numerous speed traps. Sometimes, signs will warn you that the speed limit is about to decrease. Usually, it’s from 40mph to 35mph, or some minor change. Other times, a sign will warn you that the speed limit is about to decrease. Next thing you know, you turn around a mountain corner, the speed limit is now 20 miles per hours, and you’re about to get a ticket. The placement of some of these signs is intentional, and all an officer has to say to defend their fraudulent tickets is ‘a sign warned you that the speed limit was about to decrease.’ These sorts of ninja speed-change traps are technically legal, but certainly not moral or ethical. Of course, the park police don’t care, they’re giving you a ticket.

It’s important to keep in mind that the park police in Yosemite aren’t human. Maybe they were once, but they’ve been trained to remove all human emotions, and the sense of human decency. They have no empathy, sympathy, or any other positive words in the English dictionary. This is never more apparent than how they issue and attempt to explain or defend parking tickets. I’ll tell you something that no other brochure will tell you about Yosemite. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you may be slapped with an illegitimate ticket for $175. That’s right, parking tickets in Yosemite cost $175, which is conveniently broken down into $150 forfeiture amount and a $25 processing fee. I should know, I received such a ticket. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t matter where you park. You can park in a parking lot, on the side of a road, or on the side of cliff, but it doesn’t matter. If you enter Yosemite National Park, you risk getting slapped with a completely illegitimate, bogus ticket. Maybe officer B. Bonner was just getting nervous because he was having trouble meeting his quota, maybe he didn’t like my car, maybe he even saw me park and simply didn’t like my face. I’ll never know. But What I do know is that the ticket was illegitimate, and worse, several times what most parking tickets go for. And I also know that the officer probably sleeps like a baby at night, despite screwing people over day in and day out, every day. Remember, the Yosemite police don’t think like you or I. They have no moral, or ethical compass, and are perfectly content to fine you because you are small and defenseless.

If you look at a map of Yosemite Valley, you’ll see that there is a US court inside the national park. I always thought that was strange, but not anymore. The reason there is a court is because of the amount of bogus tickets written in the park. Where does the money go? Apparently, the money goes to the crime victim’s fund, but that’s obviously not true. The mere fact that they itemize $25 for a ‘processing fee’ is absurd. The very notion that it costs them 25 dollars to fine me 175 dollars, something I just had to go to a website and do, is ridiculous. But if Yosemite only gets 25 smackers per ticket, it explains why the police there have to write so many illegitimate tickets. That being said, how much of the $150 goes to actual victims? Not much, probably nothing.

Posted under Avoiding Fees, Hidden Fees

This post was written by admin on June 24, 2010

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