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Tens of thousands of people complain every year about non-operational parking meters in the District.

Ever find a parking spot in D.C. only to discover the meter is broken? You're not alone. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the District's Department of Transportation fielded 175,000 broken parking meter requests last year.

According to AAA, more than 80 percent of service calls to DDOT were about out-of-service parking meters.

Triple A spokesperson John Townsend says the high-volume of complaints shows "motorists have zero tolerance for broken meters after circling the block to find just one of the 17,000 highly-coveted metered parking spaces."

As Townsend notes, the broken meters haven't stopped the city from handing out parking tickets at a record-breaking clip. According to AAA, D.C. issued an average of 7.3 citations per minute and raked in more than $92 million in parking ticket revenue.

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