Irwin council considers upping ticket fines
By Brad Pedersen
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Irwin council hopes to keep motorists from abusing free two-hour parking places on Main Street by increasing the penalty for parking violations.
The borough's parking tickets have a $10 fine, but council plans to discuss increasing the price of each additional parking ticket accrued in one day along Main Street.
Council president John Cassandro said the board plans to consider keeping the first violation at $10 but making a second ticket, and each additional parking ticket, at least $25.
“They wouldn't get the elevated fine until, maybe, an hour after their first ticket,” Cassandro said. “We have to define the specifics of how it would work.”
The elevated fines are part of Irwin council's plans to crack down on anyone parking more than two hours per day in the borough's free parking places.
Council removed meters in June 2011 in favor of free two-hour parking spots in order to encourage more shopping in the borough's Main Street business district.
It is not uncommon for communities to issue parking tickets each hour, after the first violation, according to Dan Wensel, officer in charge at the Irwin Police Department.
Communities must specify in an ordinance how often parking enforcement may issue tickets after the initial violation, Wensel said.
“Council is working with the solicitors to get the language down,” Wensel said.
Councilwoman Gail Macioce said higher fines could discourage motorists from abusing the system.
“If they see a $25 ticket, it'll stop,” Macioce said. “There's plenty of long-term parking in downtown Irwin.”
The borough offers long-term parking passes for $17.50 per month, along with metered spots in the borough's parking lots, manager Mary Benko said.
The borough's solicitors, Todd Turin and Alan Berk, plan to strengthen the wording of Irwin's free Main Street parking ordinance by specifying each motorist is entitled to a total of two hours of free parking on Main Street, not two hours per parking place, Cassandro said.
The ordinance only specifies the borough offers free two-hour parking on Main Street.
“We just need to define how parking needs to take place on Main Street,” Cassandro said. “Some people think if they move their car to another place, they get another two hours, and that's not our intention.”
Council plans to discuss Main Street parking during its May 2 meeting.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.