Residents say ‘No Parking’ sign in Brooklyn is a ticketing trap

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MARINE PARK, Brooklyn – Drivers in a Brooklyn neighborhood say they’re being targeted by a ticketing trap.

A parking sign is obscured by a tree at Avenue A and Haring Street, where drivers have been leaving their cars and returning to a hefty fine.

A grandmother who lives near the spot said she watched the drama every day, ticket after ticket, and now enough is enough.

Mary and Jim Egan are retired but said it’s become a full-time job watching the ticket blitz outside their home. Drivers don’t see a “No Parking” sign because of a tree and Mary Egan has taken it upon herself to warn drivers to move and avoid a fine.

Jim Egan said 30 minutes is all it takes sometimes for a driver to be slapped with a ticket.

Mary Egan said she’s tried to talk to traffic enforcement officers and tell there’s a problem with the site, but she said they don’t listen.

PIX11 News tried to speak with those officers, too, but they refused to answer our questions.

The Eagans said the solution is clear – and necessary: move the sign, or move the tree.

The frustration became so acute that someone in the neighborhood moved the sign themselves a few months ago, by stealing it. But the Department of Transportation replaced it, in the same spot behind the tree.

The agency told PIX11 News they are looking into the situation.