Parking violators in downtown Jackson issued tickets - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Parking violators in downtown Jackson issued tickets

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - In downtown Jackson, some drivers are making a parking space where there isn't one. So tickets are being issued every day to illegally parked drivers.

You see the sign says no parking - do not block drive, but right next to the sign is a parking meter. So, is that an illegal parking spot?

"I had to ride around about 10 or 15 minutes before I could park, said one Jackson resident. "It sucks."

"It sucks. It really sucks. It's terrible," said another driver.

Ticket after ticket is given to cars illegally parked in downtown Jackson and you are paying the price as enforcement patrols parking spaces and expired meters.

Three On Your Side received a couple of pictures from a viewer showing cars owned by residents and one police car seemingly illegally parked. But residents complain that there are not enough legal parking spots.

"Most of the city employees park there, Hinds County," said one driver. "Therefore there is no parking for the citizens and we get tickets and stuff. That's unnecessary because half of the meters don't even work."

When you drive around the busy area near JPD Headquarters and the Hinds County Courthouse many cars are illegally parked.
As our cameras were rolling a JPD officer received a ticket as well as our news car. 

Chief Lee Vance said regardless of the limited space everyone needs to be in abeyance to traffic and parking laws.

"Parking downtown is difficult," said Chief Vance. "There is no excuse for police cars to be parked in front of fire hydrants. There's no excuse for police cars to be parked in no parking zones. Anybody including police cars that are parked in the wrong place are going to get a ticket."

"We need more parking spaces," added one Jackson resident.

"As much tax money as they take from us, we should be able to park. Really, park for free," said another resident.

It's actually legal to park in those spots with the no parking signs on Congress Street because there is a parking meter.
The sign can be a bit confusing, but the no parking part is referring to someone parking and blocking the driveways.

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