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NAU Parking Ticket 2We have heard it, preached it and hopefully practice it:  don’t use jargon in your press materials.

It seems the law enforcement and legal industries have the hardest time in doing that.  How often have we deleted “heretofore, whereby and wherewithal” from attorney-written pieces?

But in the pre-printed information we receive from law enforcement entities – there’s no such chance.

I recently received an e-mail announcing: “Adjudication Results.”

I really wasn’t sure what it was until I read further.

Adjudication Results is short for “NAU Parking Citation Appeal Results.”

I had received a parking ticket at Northern Arizona University a few weeks ago.  I was on campus to speak to a group of students.  It was 7:30 p.m. on a weeknight.  I had driven two hours to get to Flagstaff.   It was dark and I had parked in the lot nearest the building where I was speaking.  There were a number of empty spots all around where I parked.   I DID NOT have a parking permit and after having been in the lot for just over an hour, was cited for having an unregistered/non-permitted vehicle.

I appealed the ticket, pointing out the fact that my vehicle had not caused any undo congestion in the parking lot and that there were plenty of available parking spaces for anyone else who may have wanted to park in that lot that evening, and that I was donating my time to speak to the students.

The result, or should I say “adjudication results:” citation confirmed – fine waived.

I’ll file it next to the jaywalking ticket I received some 20 years ago for crossing a deserted downtown street mid-block with no cars coming and no pedestrians at-risk.  Same adjudication result.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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