Summit County Sheriff’s Office responds to nearly three dozen parking complaints
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to nearly three dozen parking complaints last week in the Snyderville Basin, with the majority of the complaints stemming from parking issues on Black Friday.
Deputies responded to at least 33 parking complaints on Thanksgiving, with several more reported over the weekend. Lt. Andrew Wright, with the Sheriff’s Office, said most of the complaints were reported at Tanger Outlets after stores opened their doors to customers for early Black Friday shopping.
“What I understand from communicating with Tanger Outlets is that as the parking lots became full people would park along the streets and in non-designated parking areas, creating traffic-flow problems,” he said. “I know they had really heavy traffic.”
Some of the complaints had to do with vehicles misusing handicap parking spaces. Wright said citations were issued for some of the offenders and warnings were given to others.
“Handicap parking violations are one of the more expensive parking tickets that you can get,” he said. “Those need to be reserved for those that need the accessibility so definitely don’t park there.”
At least five of the parking complaints came from the Summit County Public Works Department when the vehicles impeded snow removal. The complaints were reported in neighborhoods in the Basin, including Bear Hollow Village, Silver Springs and Ranch Place. Most of the vehicle owners were given warnings, Wright said.
The county encounters several snow-related issues with on-street parking every year. County code prohibits parking on public streets from Nov. 15 through April 15 so as not to impede removal operations.
The ordinance states that vehicles illegally parked are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. The county won’t assume any liability for damage to vehicles on the street. Damage to the county’s equipment from contact with illegally parked vehicles is the responsibility of the car’s owner.
The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for enforcing the code during the winter months. Wright said deputies do their best to reach out to the registered owners of vehicles to give them an opportunity to avoid towing.
“It’s a chance to educate them,” he said. “We usually like to give them a warning that serves as a reminder that there is no winter parking on any county roadways. Of course we document that contact so if a specific vehicle becomes a repeat offender we have the ability to issue citations to correct that.”
For more information about winter snow removal or snow storage go to http://www.summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/8313/
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