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Friday, October 21, 2016

Windshield Locks Could Be Parking Enforcement’s New Tool of Choice

Putting a boot on a car to crack down on illegally parked vehicles could be a thing of the past in at least one city, where parking enforcement officials are considering an alternative mechanism: a windshield lock that makes it impossible for parking violators to see anything, preventing them from driving away

They call it the Barnacle: a large, yellow thing that looks like an unfolded briefcase, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer, which attaches to the windshield with two suction cups, securing it with 750 pounds of force. It can only be removed with a keypad on the device, or wirelessly by parking enforcement.

Drivers in Allentown, PA are now facing the Barnacle treatment if they run afoul of parking regulations as part of a pilot program, and if it proves effective there, the Philadelphia Parking Authority might give it a go in Philly.

“Can’t I just stick my head out the window and drive off?” you might be asking. Sure, but it’s illegal, and not as easy as you might think.

“If you ever actually try to drive that way, it’s physically very difficult,” Kevin Dougherty, president of New York-based Barnacle Parking Enforcement tells The Inquirer. “Cars are designed to keep you in.”



Anonymous said...

So now any city thinks they can render your car useless over a minimal fine?

You think they are only going to use this on people that flat out refuse to pay? Or its only for use on the most flagrant violators? WRONG!!!!

They will not hesitate to throw this on your windshield and hold your car for ransom at the first chance.

We are living on borrowed time in an incredibly depraved world.

Anonymous said...

Spray your windshield with Pam.

Anonymous said...

Technology is always used to enslave the population.

Anonymous said...

My tool of choice will be the cordless drill in my trunk! It makes suction go away!

Anonymous said...

This is the most hilarious comment...the laugh I needed to start my day!