Driving wrong way in parking lots illegal

Harriet Miranda

Students honk and yell at one another on any given day as lines to find parking spots flow alongside parking lots.

Sometimes, students resort to necessary means to try to arrive to class on time. Sometimes, it’s offering students rides to their cars to ensure they attain that spot.

And other times, they ignore the one-way signs altogether and turn around to catch someone leaving or to avoid the long lines to get out of the lot.

“I’m one of those people,” said 18-year-old Alonzo Ramirez, a freshman engineering major.

“The situation in the lot is ridiculous and you have to do whatever it takes to not waste half-an-hour in those lines,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said law enforcement officials on campus have been very close to catching him.

“It is a risk that I take quite often, but like I said, it is necessary,” Ramirez said.

Christina Villalobos, public information officer at CSUN, said parking enforcers are civilians and police officers and are able to cite students for “moving violations.”

“We’ve got a record of three citations so far this year for that particular offense,” Villalobos said.

Villalobos said it’s fair to say that officers are paying attention to moving violations in general, but that “in the scope of things, there aren’t a high number of these offenses.”

It hasn’t become a substantial enough problem that police officers need to be concerned about this offense instead of other offenses. Students who were affected had other things to say about it, though.

Janette Lopez, junior biology major, “I think the people who do that make the problem even worse.”

Lopez’ concern stems from seeing the result of students putting other students in harm’s way because of their inability to abide by the safety rules.

“Instead of coming earlier to class so waiting isn’t such an issue, they take matters into their own hands, which could potentially cause an accident,” Lopez said.

“It is selfish for students to cause bigger traffic jams by helping to back up traffic onto the streets. The rules are there for a reason,” Lopez said.

Lopez said more officers should be available to at least give warnings to students that break the rules and drive on the opposite way of the one-way signs.

“We all know there are parking problems. If they got tickets, students would think twice and then the problems might get better,” Lopez said.