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Joliet chief says police will enforce snow ban

Joliet bans street parking during snowfalls of two inches or more to make room for plows.
Joliet bans street parking during snowfalls of two inches or more to make room for plows.

JOLIET – People may have gotten a bit of a break Friday night, but Joliet police will ticket cars violating the city’s snow parking ban, Police Chief Brian Benton said.

“The public should know we’ve instructed our officers to write tickets,” Benton told the City Council on Tuesday.

Benton was called on by Mayor Bob O’Dekirk to address whether people were being ticketed last weekend in violation of the city’s ban on street parking during snowfalls of 2 inches or more.

In some neighborhoods, vehicles parked on the streets did not get tickets.

Benton said the police tend to give people a break on the first snowfall that activates the ban while trying to remind residents of the ordinance.

“A lot of people forget,” he said.

The city issued an announcement Friday that the parking ban would go into effect that night and probably be in force until noon Saturday when all the streets were expected to be plowed.

Joliet requires that vehicles be moved off the streets to make room for snow plows.

“The public should know it’s very difficult for these plows to get through,”
Benton said.

Joliet is not the only community that bans street parking on heavy snow days for the sake of plows.

The village of Minooka listed 44 citations for parking after 2 inches of snow fell over the weekend in a bulletin of police activity provided The Herald-News.

Joliet Councilman Larry Hug said city enforcement of the parking ban was a big topic in his District 1, which stretches to the far West Side.

Noting Joliet is a big city, Hug said, “Just because the car in your neighborhood was not ticketed that doesn’t mean they’re not ticketing.”

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