UF’s Campus Security introduces “Caught Parking Right”

Campus Security looks for a way to decrease parking tickets around campus with a new form of ticket

By Magdelyn English, EnglishM1@Findlay.edu

At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 11, Campus Security at the University of Findlay sent out an email introducing a new type of parking ticket that students can receive. Campus Security sought out a way to reduce parking tickets and tire boots around campus.

This new form of ticket is the “Caught Parking Right” ticket. Students can only receive these tickets if they are caught parking in the right spot. According to the email sent out by Campus Security “This ticket entitles you to 10% off any purchase at The Refinery and enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift card at The Refinery.”

William Spraw, Chief of Police and Director of UF Campus Security, started the program to encourage students to park in the correct spots.

“I started a few years back, probably four years ago. It seems like students get parking tickets when they don’t park right — when they’re in the wrong spots,” Spraw said. “So, I thought it’d be a good idea to tell them they did a good job by parking in the right spot.”

Since the program started Spraw hasn’t noticed a change in the number of parking tickets.

“I don’t think we’ve seen an increase, but they seem to really like getting told (they did) it properly,” Spraw said.

Many students look forward to the drawing since The Refinery is a hot spot for students to get lunch somewhere other than Henderson Dining Hall. Some even go as far as asking Campus Security, when the program is going to start again. By the end of each semester, students’ Derrick Dollars may run low, so this drawing gives them the ability to receive more.

“They get their name put in a drawing to get 10 percent off at The Refinery. They like being told that they parked correctly,” Spraw said.

Sophomore Sam Oriti recently received a parking ticket near the Village dormitory and shares her thoughts on the “Caught Parking Right” ticket

“I think that’s silly because I park in the right spot all the time and I’ve never gotten a parking right thing,” Oriti said. “I’ve never seen someone get a parking right thing, but I always see parking tickets.”