BMW Fire Hydrant Violation: Should Fine Be Higher?

By: Toni Matthews-El - April 11, 2014

There is a reason why citizens are told not to park in front of fire hydrants: The time taken to get around or through those cars can cause the sort of timely delays that can get other people killed.

Depending on the situation, it can also leave you having to pay for costly repairs to your vehicle.

Luckily for the inconsiderate BMW owner who blocked a hydrant, he won’t have to foot the bill for his selfish error.

Firefighters battling an eight alarm blaze in the neighborhood in Boston, Mass. were forced to smash his windows in order to get a line through to the hydrant.

The fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damages and displaced nearly three dozen residents. The source of the fire is thought to be an SUV engine fire.

The blaze came merely days after the burial of a Boston firefighter who lost his life fighting a similar blaze.

Because the damage to the BMW is covered and the fine is a meager $100, some residents feel that the owner should have been hit with a stiffer punishment.

Boston fire spokesman Steve MacDonald is not convinced that a bigger fine would have made much of a difference.

He said, “I don’t think [the money] is a deterrent to anyone. Sometimes people do stupid things.”

In other words, if someone is going to do something as idiotic as park next to a fire hydrant and block access for fire fighters trying to do their job, odds are it’s because of a personality quirk.

That didn’t stop annoyed citizens from taking to social media websites to abuse the hapless car owner.

For what it’s worth the guy had allegedly only owned the car a couple of days ahead of the incident. One witness saw him sitting near the curb with his head in his hands.

Hopefully the harrowing and stupid experience will at the very least encourage him to obey parking laws in the future.

Do you think fire hydrant parking violations should come with stiffer fines? Comment below!

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • John Smith

    And yet police officers in police cruisers also park at fire hydrants while watching traffic. Good example…………really good!!

  • cahil

    what a terrible headline:

    BMW Fire Hydrant Violation: Should Fine Be Higher?
    ya like we’re not fined and taxed enough in this country?
    wtf..

    • DDW

      We pay one of the lowest per capita tax rates of any civilized country… One of the reasons why we get such lousy leadership of all parties; Why our infrastructure is crumbling, and on and on… I guess you haven’t studied or traveled much?

      • cahil

        so you’re encouraging our lousy leadership to increase taxes?
        how thoughtful..
        http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2011/12/01/countries-with-the-highest-and-lowest-taxes/2/… read reader 2 comments..he sums it up pretty exactly..but thanks for playing..

        • DDW

          LOL, (1) Where did I say that – I would much rather have them cut costs everywhere to pay for what is truly needed… And (2), What I said was that we should not complain about our taxes being too high when they one of the lowest in the civilized world… MUCH lower than the UK – and all of its territories, MUCH lower than Germany, and on and on… Just one of the reasons why we are not a Top 10 Country anymore when it comes to Quality of Life… Quality costs money that many of us are now willing to pay for – being happy to live in a lazy, grubby, broken place… Thanks for being oblivious to the world around us, and how it, and life works… YOU, and those like you, Oblivious to all this, are the cause of our problems…