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What parking violations could mean for you

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Nothing can ruin your day faster than getting a parking ticket. It's an experience most of us, like Brian Hodson, have dealt with at some point.

“I don’t like it, because I got to pay it!” Hodson said of the parking ticket.

Earlier this week, residents were fined after parking outside their apartment building. They were shocked to find out they violated a city rule that prohibits parking on the streets of Saginaw from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Now, other people want to know what they can do to avoid seeing that bright envelope on their ride.

“I make sure I watch the meters because I know they're really expensive,”

City officials said they’re serious when it comes to enforcing all of their parking ordinances.

“We focus on areas where we’re receiving complaints,” Deputy Chief Inspect Darrin Jerome said.

Jerome said two full-time parking enforcement officers work a total of 80 hours per week keeping an eye out for cars parking in violation of the rules.

“They have to be in a legal parking area on a legal parking surface in a driveway through a curb cut. We don’t allow any front yard parking,” Jerome said.

When it comes to parking, following the signs and knowing the law is a resident’s responsibility, Jerome said.  

"We're trying to keep everybody happy. Make sure that everybody has a place to park when they want to come to Saginaw,” Jerome said.

Hodson takes issue with that 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. ordinance. He said he sees that law broken all the time in his neighborhood with no citations to show for it.

"Be consistent everywhere instead of just on one street,” Hodson said. 

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