March 28, 2016
Not A Smart Idea
Oregon cops ticket driver for perpendicular parking smart car.
That’s a dumb way to park your smart car.
In a major parallel parking fail, an Oregon smart car driver opted to swoop in perpendicular to the curb instead.
“Smart Car? It failed simple geometry. You can’t legally park perpendicular in a parallel spot,” the Newport Police Department said in a Facebook post. “Officer Lekas had to cite it for Improper Parking.”
Even though the two-seater fit fine in the small spot, police said it violated parking laws by failing to have its wheels parallel and within 12 inches to the curb, according to the state’s vehicle codes.
“We don’t want to bog down a fun post with a bunch of boring legal mumbo jumbo though, so we thought we could shorten it by just saying you can’t park perpendicular in a parallel spot,” the department said.
The improper parking ticket stirred up a debate on the Facebook post, with several readers arguing over the rule since the smart car didn’t block any traffic.
“I love the police, but surely the purpose of that law was to stop cars from parking in the roadway, not to ensure which tires touched the curb,” Randall Reinwasser commented on the post. “They had no idea at the time of drafting that law that cars would be designed in the future as a square box.”
Many pointed out that motorcycles are allowed to park perpendicular to the road, and that smart cars should get the same treatment.
Police supporters disagreed, arguing that even though the smart car fit, it would be blocking the two surrounding vehicles from being able to drive out because of the tight squeeze, while motorcycles would not be an obstruction.
Source: Alfred NG/New York Daily News
Photo: Newport Police Dept.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NET)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
James 1:5 (NLT)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
What does today’s God’s Story scripture teach us about our ideas?
There are many bible stories where people thought they had a good idea.
Adam and Eve thought the tree was good for food - not a smart idea.
God had promised Abraham that he would have a son and become a great nation. But years went by with no children, so he thought he could solve the problem by having a child by his servant - not a smart idea.
David saw a beautiful married woman and he wanted her - not a smart idea.
A young rich man was told by Jesus to give away all his money. He was saddened by the thought and walked away- not a smart idea.
Ananias and Sapphira sold some property and lied about the amount they kept for themselves - not a smart idea.
Some of these people repented of their bad ideas; God forgave them - as he forgives us.
God’s word gives us the plan for good ideas: trust in him to guide our paths and pray for wisdom.
How can I connect today’s God’s Story scripture to my life?
Read some of the Biblical stories that turned out to be bad ideas. Think about what motivated the people - control, greed, fear?
What plan did you think was a smart idea but then discovered it wasn’t?
What motivated your decision? Pray for the wisdom not to rely on your own understanding.
How can I connect Today’s Story, God’s Story, and My Story to others?
Share today's news story - a seemingly smart idea that resulted in a parking ticket.
Share with friends some bad ideas they’ve had.
Share one of the Bible stories that was not a smart idea. Talk about how trust in God rather than in their own understanding keeps them on straight paths.