This is one of the cleverest uses of city employees that I've heard yet. Firefighters haven't recently been given the green light on issuing parking citations.
The reason, accoridng to the story, is that illegal parking in narrow alleyways can prevent firetrucks from getting to a fire quickly. This is true, and a good enough reason to give firefighters this ability.
But it also comes down to a safety issue in other aspects of driver and pedestrian life. If you follow any Kblogs, it's pretty commonly complained about that the drivers here are inconsiderate A-holes. Yes, it's practicall a fact.
In my time here, I've felt safe in a car with maybe three Koreans. Whereas back home, I've felt unsafe with maybe three people.
Almost no one follows the traffic or parking laws here. Cars blaze through red lights, and park anywhere they want -- including in front of fire hydrants. And don't forget about scooter drivers going on the sidewalks.
If people follow the actual traffic laws, this may be a little less dangerous place for someone who is walking to the grocery story or to work. Getting people to park legally, instead of jutting out into the street or in intersections, could be a big step in the right direction.
In the time I've been here, I only have seen one intersection where cars are commonly cited for illegal parking. Everywhere else, it seems the drivers can get away with leaving their cars anywhere they please.