Kremmling Police initiative aims to curb illegal parking
July 10, 2008
The Kremmling Police Department will step up enforcement of parking rules beginning July 18.
“It’s just going to be a training process,” said Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade. “We’re not going to make a fortune off of it I hope.”
Police officers will write parking violations for drivers whose vehicles are unlawfully parked on a sidewalk, in a crosswalk or in an intersection. Motorists will be fined $38 for these violations.
The reason for this enforcement is because vehicles parked on the sidewalk, in a crosswalk, or in an intersection force pedestrians to use the roadway area of the street, which causes an “unnecessary safety issue.”
Motorists also could receive a parking citation if they park facing opposing traffic, also a $38 fine.
Police point out that this is not allowed because vehicles parked facing oncoming traffic create a safety hazard when leaving the parked position by having to cross a traffic lane to proceed.
“We’re going to just try to get everybody trained in certain areas that there are proper ways to park,” Spade said.
If officers cannot locate the violator, the citation will be written to the registered owner of the vehicle and will be affixed to the vehicle.
“I think this is a good start,” said Kremmling Mayor Thomas Clark. “Just trying to get them off the sidewalk and get them parked in the right direction.”