“a woman in a wheelchair and a group of nursery school students” blocked

MD Plates

“Dear PoPville,

Just walking by I saw a woman in a wheelchair and a group of nursery school students having to risk going into Columbia road traffic because of this inconsiderate driver. How do you report things like this?

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  • 311? 911? After that, I’d definitely call the number of the company whose truck it is since it’s so nice and prominently displayed.

  • “How do you report things like this?“
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    You know that device you used to take a picture of this and post it on a listserv? It also has this thing called a “phone” that you can use to call numbers – like the company whose name is on the truck, 311, etc.

    • +1

      I also wonder if the resident having the delivery didn’t post no parking signs that were duly ignored by everyone, including DPW/MPD.

      Also, if the risk of going into Columbia Road is so high, of course the pedestrians could go BEHIND the truck. Not saying they should have to at all, just reacting to the insane dramatic reading of this post.

      • While I don’t disagree with your assertion that the post is dramatic, it is difficult for a person in a wheelchair and nursery schools students (if they are in a trolley) to go behind the truck. There’s no room, and getting over the curb in a wheelchair is a wee bit challenging.

      • From the picture, the back bumper of the truck is against a car, so they actually couldn’t go behind the truck.

      • Blithe

        I agree with artemis, and would add that if you’re relatively low to the ground, as nursery school kids and someone in a wheelchair would usually be, unexpectedly crossing mid-block is not the safest of solutions, even if negotiating the lack of a curb cut could be handled safely.

        • I guess I assumed the curb cut was a moot point since it didn’t appear to be usable to someone in a wheelchair, so in any situation, you’re having to come off the curb. I would definitely go in front of the truck because, unlike OP, that doesn’t actually seem that dangerous to me (though of course shouldn’t be necessary either). If safety is really the concern, you turn around, go back to the last corner and cross there, of course.

          The truck should of course be ticketed, but it isn’t like this is a burning building with no fire escape. Calm down.

          • I don’t think the OP are anyone else was responding in an un-calm way.
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            To the OP: Call 911. MPD (rather than DPW) handles ticketing in urgent-ish cases. 911 is for all police calls in D.C., not just emergency calls.

  • I’d call 301-987-9700.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Cut the guy some slack. It’s hard to find a legal place to make a delivery there, I’m sure.

    • You know what’s harder than making a delivery in the city? Navigating the city in a wheel chair.

      • Smilla

        +100

        With the truck backed up to a car like that, I wonder how the driver could have gotten anything out of the back anyway. If the doors are on the far side, s/he is offloading into traffic. And as TJ notes below, the truck is facing the wrong way down a one-way street. Bad driver. I would definitely send the photo with a complaint (and a link to this blog post!) to Quality Kitchens.

    • No, I will not cut him some slack. There are a lot of things about one’s work that are hard or frustrating. Making those things the problem of someone else is not ok.

  • I’ve often wondered how to report it when it’s cops and other LEOs who are doing the blocking? On many streets near Judiciary Square handicap cuts are often blocked by cars with police or FBI or other LEO office signs in the dash. So they never get ticketed or towed. How do we get them to stop doing this? It’s maddening.

    • The cop shop on Monroe between Sherman and GA is the worst for this. The officers double-park their cars in front of the station, when there are dozens of legal spaces available, and leave them there, forcing traffic to share one lane with no signage. It’s not just “for a minute,” either. It’s at least the whole 30 minutes it takes me to get my kids to school and return home.
      Anyone know who’s in charge of that station? I can’t believe he/she lets this continue.

      • Do you mean the Fourth District substation at 750 Park Road — the historic building labeled (I think) “10th Precinct Police Station”?

        • Yes, probably.

        • Yeah, I’m like “‘Cop shop’? Is there a place that sells police supplies on Monroe? Or a cop bar maybe?”
          Agreed that cars often double park in that block of Park Road. But I’ve never seen “dozens” of legal spaces open. It’s a two way street with residential parking on both sides. There is a parking area attached to the station but it is always full.
          Somehow I don’t feel as pressed about police cars double being double parked in front of a police station. But then again, I grew up in NYC where the area in the vicinity of a police precinct is always packed with police cars parked legally and illegally.
          As far as “who is in charge of that station?” the MPD website has the name of the Fourth District Commander and the phone number of that substation. So if you’re that bothered by this situation, give them a call and complain.

    • Emergency vehicles are, in most cases, exempt from parking restrictions. Part of the reason is because let’s say a cop has to park his car 5 blocks away from where he/she wants to get lunch or use the bathroom, then gets a priority call for an assault or shooting. He/she then has to run back to the car and can’t get to the priority assignment quickly. Don’t get me wrong…if the example above is true (blocking a lane while legal spaces are nearby), then that’s unacceptable, but just wanted to explain some of the situations that come up.

      • I’m not talking about emergency vehicles. These are all personal vehicles. The only way you know they belong to LEOs is the police card they stick in the dash. It’s like a parking pass. They park there all day every day. They used to double park on 3rd NW all the time but with the Capital Crossing changing the local traffic patterns at least this has changed.

  • The truck is also facing the wrong way on a one way street.

  • Isn’t there usually a, “How’s my driving?” sign on the back of trucks like this, with a number to call to report this exact thing?

    • from my experience, those numbers have always been bogus. seriously, i’ve called like 6 or so that i’ve seen and they just connect to the sound of a click and dead air. spooky stuff

  • Short answer: call 911 and request and officer assistance.

    I used to be one of those people who hesitate to call 911 for things and think there should be a separate number for things like this. Now I’ve become and ANC Commissioner and also had a variety of civil issues happen in my life lately where i’ve had to call the police. The answer is always: call 911. The police are always happy to come. Seriously. It may take them a while to get there, but (lately) I’ve not been disappointed when I’ve called them and interacted with them, especially when it comes to public safety issues, which this clearly is.

    Don’t hesitate. Just call 911.

  • Go speak to the driver. If he doesn’t move, call his boss.