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City police to ticket vehicles parked during street sweeping

April 11, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Police Department will start ticketing motorists who fail to move their vehicles during scheduled street sweepings, the city's director of public works said Tuesday.

People can expect to get ticketed beginning May 1, Eric Deike said after a City Council work session.

The city will start issuing warnings first to ease residents into the routine of moving their vehicles, he said. Police will begin giving the warnings Monday.

The city previously swept around vehicles whose owners ignored street sweeping schedules, he said.

Since the city recently finished posting about 525 signs that mark street sweeping times around town, Deike said the police will start working toward enforcement.

Parking fines associated with street sweeping violations would cost $15, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Deike said the tickets should help people comply with the law and, in turn, give the city a better opportunity to remove litter from the streets.

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Street sweeping will occur weekly, he said.

Williamsport officials have used ticketing for at least 20 years to deter people from parking on the streets during street sweeping hours, Town Clerk James Castle said.

"It's very effective," he said.

Castle said vehicles aren't towed if people violate the parking code.

"The street sweeper goes around," he said.

Parking tickets that are associated with street sweeping violations in Williamsport cost $5, Castle said.

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