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Dunn: No tickets issued yet
In new uptwon parking rules
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Martinsville police had not issued any citations by Wednesday as a result of a new street parking limit uptown that took effect two days earlier.
The two-hour limit now is in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It was enacted largely due to merchants’ complaints about some of their peers parking on the streets during business hours, taking spaces that could be used by customers, city officials have said.
“We’ve not ticketed anyone yet,” Police Chief Sean Dunn said Wednesday. “We’re hoping to have voluntary compliance” with the limit.
Violators face a $15 fine, he said.
According to Dunn, police officers walking in the business district will mark the tires of vehicles in spaces on the streets to keep track of how long the vehicles have been parked.
Police will be on patrol for parking rule violators “several times a day at least,” Dunn said, “depending on what’s going on” elsewhere that might require their attention.
Business owners have asked police to increase their presence uptown during regular business hours to make people — workers and customers alike — feel more comfortable, he said.
Dunn also said he is working with officers to increase the number of “foot patrols” in the district.