Recently I parked my pickup on Main Street in Merced. I was shopping at the Kialee Market and the spot was right across the street. Parking is marked by white paint and is the same size as my truck. I parked with my front extending about 2 feet beyond the white mark to give the downtown shoppers behind me more room to park their vehicle.
I returned 10 minutes later to find a $28 parking violation ticket. I was parked in the first spot in the row, so I was not taking up a spot in front. The traffic division has driven me away from downtown shopping.