Kira Grossman, Powerful Parking Authority Adviser, Is a Driving Disaster
Kira Lee Grossman wants you to know this isn't news.
"I'm sorry," says Grossman. "I'm a girl. I switch purses."
She wants you to suspend your powers of reasoning for a moment and surmise that her driving record isn't remarkable. She urges you to ignore her powerful position as policy adviser to the Miami Parking Authority and dismiss the fact that while she's busy extolling police for dispatching tickets, she's battling her own in court.
She wants you to land upon anything but the obvious conclusion: Kira Lee Grossman -- 31 and cherub-faced -- is one of Miami's worst drivers.
In her 14 years behind the wheel, while she's hopscotched from law school to the city attorney's office to advising the Miami Parking Authority, she's racked up an astounding 44 traffic citations. As first reported in the Crespogram Report, they range from petty to grand.
And they began almost immediately. She got her first ticket March 13, 1999, for speeding on a municipal road, a case the state didn't prosecute. The same thing happened several months later in November, but the traffic cop dismissed the citation. These outcomes would portend Grossman's remarkable record of getting caught for bad driving and then wiggling off the hook.
She's been found guilty for bad driving only five times. What's her secret for getting away with it almost every time? "It depends on the citation," she confides. "It's whether I feel I have been wrongfully accused. And yes, sometimes I've been unfairly targeted." Pressed for proof on the matter, she says, "It's just my feeling."
Grossman has been cited for driving with a suspended license four times -- three in the past two years. The last citation, issued September 18, was even a criminal charge because the cops said she knew her license was suspended. (Grossman disputes that allegation and, ultimately, wasn't prosecuted.)
Grossman, who's responsible for advising one of the most important authorities in Miami, says she can't track when her license gets suspended. When Riptide called that claim "incredulous," she replied, "If you say so. I get thousands of pieces of mail. And if I misplaced [a citation] or disregard it by mistake, then I have no knowledge that I received that citation."
What about those tickets for not carrying proof of insurance? "I'm sorry," she says. "I'm a girl. I switch purses. And sometimes I don't have my purse on me. You shouldn't leave your insurance in your vehicle."
She says her license is no longer suspended and she's back out cruising the streets. "I do agree [my number of tickets] is relatively high," she explains. "But no, I don't think this is newsworthy."