Police – strictly enforcing alternate parking rules on city side streets – wrote more than 160 parking tickets during one overnight period in April, said First Ward Councilman Abdulsalam K. Noman. The storm of citations stirred residents in some wards to complain of confusing signage and unfair treatment.
The decision by Public Safety Commissioner James Kuna to keep alternate parking restrictions on some streets has to do with safety on the narrow streets primarily in the city’s first and second wards. Kuna said alternate parking will remain in effect all year on streets unless a sign states otherwise.
“If you let people park on both sides of the street, it’s difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate the streets,” said Second Ward Councilwoman Annette Iafallo. “But there are many streets with confusing signs. I’d like to see a uniform rule for all.”
The ticketing blitz wrongly targeted neighborhoods in the First Ward, said resident Anthony Kelly, who condemned the policy as “racial profiling.”
“We need to examine all of our signage,” noted Iafallo. “People are confused and rightfully so.”
• The City Council will caucus at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.