Over the last few days, residents in Fairmont have been waking up to find tickets on their cars.
So what this is all about?
Parking left of the center line has been a city ordinance since the 1968. It's a law that mimics the one enforced across our state.
This means that you can't park, or stop a car with it's left side facing the curb. Except on one way streets. As you know the back of your car is required to have working red reflectors to alert other drivers. So, when you park on the wrong side of of the street, oncoming traffic is then blinded by your headlights.
According to the Fairmont police department, they have recently shifted their "proactive patrol strategies" toward parking related enforcement. As a result, many of you have found tickets up to 90 dollars laying on your wind shield. 5 News talked with officers who say parking this way can lead to several dangerous, if not deadly situations.
"Its curtsey, but its really, really about safety, and driving in the correct manner. In order to park left side of the curb, you have already
indicted that you have driven left of center once, and you're going to do it again when you leave." said Staff Services Sgt. John Murphy with the Fairmont Police Department.
5 News also spoke with one Fairmont resident as he was on his way to pay his ticket. He said he had been parking that way for over 30 years. He says he understands the law, but wishes he would have received a warning first.
Jul 17, 2013 at 11:17 AMDON'T THEY HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THEN TARGET THE CITIZENS OF FAIRMONT,THIS IS JUST DOWN RIGHT PATHETIC!!