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New municipal chief police to use technology to fight double-parking PDF Print E-mail
Jan 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Raffaele Clemente
Rome's new traffic police chief Raffaele Clemente is (or appears) determined to do something about this city's clogged streets, with much of the problem clearly due to double (and triple-) parked cars which the city's understaffed (and underwilling?) traffic police have made little effort to resolve. Heretofore.

A few weeks ago, Clemente went on Twitter to tell Romans he wanted them to let him and his office know when cars were illegally double-parked or parked, and so far the response has been encouraging. A few weeks ago, 34 cars that were double-parked in one street in the Tuscolana neighborhood received fines in a single go. And just the other day, a journalist with a disabled son sent a photo of a car illegally parked in a spot reserved for the handicapped and later wrote that there was an almost immediate response. If I can figure out how to get my Twitter account onto my recalcitrant Blackberry, I'll be doing a lot of tweeting in my growing role as urban crank.

There are two Twitter accounts that can be used for this purpose, that of the Twitter desk of the municipal police - polizia municipale - which is (@plromacapitale); and that of the comandante himself(@raffaeleclement), to which he himself is said at times to directly respond.

But his plans don't stop there. He is planning to outfit the traffic police's cars with cameras that can, as they drive along, take photos of double (and triple-) parked cars and their tags. The information will be sent to Headquarters and the fines will go out directly from there. "Since we don't have the means to increase Manpower on the streets, we are going to have to rely on technlogy", he says. "Other cities have done it. So can we." It's a good start but I am not holding my breath.

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