A Bit of (Parking) Grace

Monday, Mar 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:42 AM EDT
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A Bit of (Parking) Grace

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Drivers now can avoid the "gotcha" tickets.

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New York City drivers are now getting a little bit of grace.
    
A new law is now in effect that gives drivers a five-minute grace period in some parking zones. The new law started Sunday -- but will really be put to the test on Monday.

     The City Council passed the law last year over the veto of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    
It gives a five-minute grace period in timed zones and meters before a ticket can be written.
    
Bloomberg said the change would lead to chaos, and wondered whose watch would be used to determine the five minutes.
    
Supporters of the law say there were too many "gotcha" tickets.

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