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More parking tickets issued

Laura Wilczek | Wednesday, September 20, 2006

While most students tend to worry about parking tickets only on space-scarce gamedays that force drivers to get creative, Captain Jeff Korros of the Notre Dame Security/Police (NDSP) warned the current number of tickets issued per regular week is almost twice the expected level.

Korros said police have issued around 500 tickets every week this semester – far more than the normal 200 to 300 NDSP hands out. The majority of them were issued in the D2 lot, where many students park. This rise in citations is primarily because of student neglect, Korros said.

“The reason for the higher amount [of tickets] right now is … [because students] have no decal and/or expired decals,” Korros said.

However, Korros said he is confident the number of tickets will slowly decrease as the year continues and as more students purchase decals. Parking permits cost $95 and give student cars access to specific lots.

So far this year, NDSP has issued approximately 1,700 student decals, Korros said.

Parking fines can range anywhere from $10 to $50, depending on the violation – plus possible additional fines from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Korros said NDSP is not out to get student drivers and understands it can be hard to find a spot in an approved lot. First-time violators will often receive a warning without a fine.

If a student does get ticketed, he or she is permitted to appeal through the Traffic and Parking Appeals Board. The board is composed of faculty, staff and students, with no member from NDSP or Parking Services.