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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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    Well how about Greenville needs to do such a thing. As Anti-UNC of a pirate fan as I am, I applaud the City of Chapel Hill for this. They apparently don't have the crooked officials like Greenville has. That's about the only thing I say is better in Chapel Hill than in Greenville. I say nice friendly gesture.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jul 4, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    While I understand that some people may not be used to paying for parking, I still believe that they should be able to realize that they must insert quarters into the parking meter. We do not need to lose $12,300 worth of revenue during these desperate economic times.
  • by S O S & D Location: ENC on Jul 4, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    How is 'Thanking" people for violating the parking laws going to improve the parking situation?
  • by joe stroud on Jul 4, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    This is brilliant. As bad as i hate the Tar Heels this is a great move on behalf of the town.
  • by citizen on Jul 4, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    that is a nice thing to give someone a break every once in a while. We all need some help sometime.

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