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JSU Illegal Parking Crackdown

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you plan to park on or near the Jackson State campus anytime soon, listen up. Campus police there are cracking down on illegal parking, and the fines can be pretty costly.

Just a week into school and some Jackson State students have already learned a big lesson on illegal parking.

Danielle Aguillard and several of her classmates were ticketed on Lynch street next to the School of Business where students have parked for years. It's now illegal to park here, and officers were out in force, letting students know.

Some students say there's not enough free parking close to campus.  Corinthian Washington who has received several tickets says, "Sometimes you will have to park all the way down there all the way down at the end of the street, walk all the way to class just to get to class because there are no parks when you do."

Jackson state officials say for a small fee, students can avoid the tickets, or worse, a tow. Chief Tyrone Kidd says, "All they need to do is purchase a decal we got adequate places for them to park, we just paved three parking lots on campus for students, all they need to do is purchase a decal at a cost of 40 dollars."

Chief Kidd says some students like parking in the illegal spots because of their convenience, but says they have an shuttle service, which can make their lots just as handy, and safer.

The parking fines at Jackson State are fifty dollars and up.  University officials say Jatran buses are having a hard time driving around campus, which is another reason why they need the cars off the streets.

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