Hammond City Council eyes increase in parking ticket fines

2012-09-17T19:30:00Z Hammond City Council eyes increase in parking ticket finesChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council is considering doubling parking ticket fines for some violations.

However, the proposed ordinance also would give violators more time to pay tickets before the city tacks on a late fee.

The ordinance increases the fine from $25 to $50 for most parking violations, including those made in two-hour parking zones and resident-only parking areas.

Under the ordinance, violators are charged the face value of the ticket if they pay within 60 days, an extension from the current 30-day time period. After 60 days, fines increase to $100.

City Councilwoman Janet Venecz, D-at large, said the ordinance extends the time period to pay a ticket without a late fee to take into account processing time.

Venecz, the ordinance's sponsor, said increasing the fines will make motorists think twice before committing a violation.

“We have problems with parking on our streets,” Venecz said, “and particularly on residential-only parking streets.”

The ordinance keeps the initial ticket amount at $200 for violating handicapped parking regulations, but increases the late fee from $250 to $300. The ticket for violating the city's truck-parking ordinance would increase from $50 to $100 with the late fee at $200, City Attorney Kris Kantar said.

The proposed hike to parking ticket fines is one of several fee increases the City Council has looked at this year. Council members also have created a $30 fee for bad checks issued to the city and increased the administrative fee for salvage title checks from $25 to $100.

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