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Cranston considering permitted overnight street parking

Cranston considering permitted overnight street parking

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By: Melissa Randall

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Illegal overnight parking in Cranston is certainly a hot topic lately amid the ticket retribution scandal, but now a new proposal could relax that ban. The city is looking into allowing permitted parking in some neighborhoods. It's good news for many families dealing with a constant parking battle.

"It's difficult because the children leave at different times of the day. We leave at different times of the day. It makes it difficult for us because we have to keep moving cars in and out and shuffling things back and forth," said Debbie Stravato of Wayland Ave.

Stravato's family has five cars and their home only has a 2 car driveway. It's a big problem since the city does not allow for overnight street parking. Violators run the risk of being ticketed. The city is now considering a plan that would relax the ban by allowing permitted parking in some neighborhoods.

"We'll look at the situation as far as how big the streets are and if they can handle overnight parking. If they can't we just wont include those streets," said John Lanni, City Council President.

The city takes the ban very seriously and has even approved dropping the fine from $50 to $25 to encourage more ticketing. Councilor Lanni says the recent changes stem from the November ticket scandal where police ticketed cars in the wards of two council members who helped defeat a proposed labor contract.

"It gave us the opportunity to focus on the entire problem," said Lanni.

While some people fear allowing cars to stay over night will cause congestion and lead to crime, others like Stravato welcome the idea.

"It would be nice not to have to worry," said Stravato.

Permitted overnight parking is already being done in several Rhode Island communities including Newport and Providence. Cranston's version goes before the city council at the end of the month.

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