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Police crackdown to begin in June on illegal parking

Date Posted: 2006-04-01

Police are getting tired of people parking their cars in unauthorized locations.

The Prefecture Police, after nearly a year of training people to keep their eyes peeled for cars being illegally parked, is ready for more intensive action. Police have currently certified 97 people to watch for cars parked in the wrong places.

A traffic reform law going into effect June 1st allows police to contract a private company to begin ticketing illegally parked cars. Until now, the observers had to call police and wait for them to arrive before a citation could be issued for wrongful parking. Once on scene, police waited 30-40 minutes before writing a ticket.

Police say the new law gives them flexibility in clearing illegally parked cars from an area. The new program will begin first in Naha City and Okinawa City, and there will be no warning time before tickets are issued. Police say observers will paste stickers on cars immediately, then call police to issue the ticket.

A major change with the new law, police say, is that they donít have to wait for a driver to show up. The ticket will be issued to the vehicle, and the vehicle owner is the one responsible.

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