There isn’t a flake of snow on the ground, but winter parking bans are in full force in Bristol.
Even though there’s no snow, dozens of residents in Bristol have already been hit with parking tickets after the city’s parking ban took effect on Tuesday night.
“To start, winter doesn't start until the 21st and Mother Nature has been nice to us,” said Joanne Marcano, who was ticketed. “It's for $20 and says it's a Winter Parking Ban.”
Until March, no cars are allowed to park on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. It is a city ordinance that has been on the books for years, and is supposed to help when crews clear the roads of snow and ice.
Marcano was one of dozens on Shawn Drive that got a ticket, and some went to the police department on Wednesday to pay the $20 fine.
“A lot of people on the street where I live got a ticket and they're not happy,” said Jose Lopez, who was also ticketed.
Marcano said she plans to fight it.
“No type of warning that this was going to take effect. And a week before Christmas? I could use this $20 for a gift,” she said.
Bristol police said the directives come from the Department of Public Works, and officials there said they issue “emergency” parking bans as needed, and didn’t request the deployment of any officers.
Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne said he promised to get to the bottom of it.
“We have no bad weather. If we have bad weather, I'll park in the back in my parking spot,” Marcano said.
Officials said police may scale back on enforcement on days where there is obviously no threat of snow.
The ban expires on March 15.
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