An issue quickly becoming a problem in Florence is the growing number of vehicles parked illegally in the town. The Town of Florence Police Department is asking for the assistance of the citizens regarding this growing problem within our community.
To address the issue, the Town of Florence Police Department has developed a program to discourage the illegal parking of vehicles. For a 30 day period, beginning on Friday, April 29th, 2011, the Parking Enforcement Volunteers at the Florence Police Department will issue written warning notices to those vehicles violating State statutes and Town ordinances that govern parking. The warning notice specifies the violation of the State and local regulations governing the infractions. Under the 30 day written warning period, no penalties are imposed. No fines, court action, driver’s license points, or a reflection on insurance policies are initiated. Chronic offenders may be ticketed during the warning period.
Some parking violations intended for enforcement are unauthorized use of handicapped parking spaces, parking on sidewalks, parking in or near crosswalks or intersections, and parking facing opposing traffic. Parking enforcement on private property is enforced for handicapped spaces.
Following a 30 day written warning period, Parking Enforcement Volunteers, like Florence Police officers, will cite illegally parked vehicles within the Town limits. Fines assessed by the Florence Municipal Court can range upward to $250.00. In some instances, the vehicle may be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.
During this warning period, the Florence Police Department is seeking to educate the public of its intended parking enforcement program in order to create safer streets for the community of Florence and its residents.
If you have questions about this program, contact the Florence Police Department at 868-7681.