Town Waives Parking Tickets For First Time Offenders

Chapel Hill is no longer writing tickets for people who let their parking meters run out for the first time.

Instead, The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the city is leaving them a note saying: "Thank you for visiting downtown Chapel Hill."

Town officials say they approved the idea after a consultant and citizen panel said it could help the parking situation downtown.

Officers will issue one courtesy ticket per vehicle each year. Tickets cost about $15 each, and one in three tickets issued are for first-time violators, so the city could lose about $12,300 per year.

Becky Broun got one of the tickets as she rushed from a hardware store this week. She says it's good for visitors who might not understand Chapel Hill's parking rules.


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