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Rochester parking complaints increase by 328 percent

February 24, 2019

The Rochester Police Department has handled more than 900 parking complaints this month.

The month isn’t over and neither is the winter weather.

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 this year, the department handled a total 923 parking calls. During that same period in 2018, the department handled 281, the Rochester Police Department posted on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon. That number is a 328 percent increase from last year.

The statistics aren’t for tickets but rather calls for service for parking complaints.

“Several of these calls include multiple cars being parked in violation of our 12-hour parking ordinance,” the post reads.

Capt. Casey Moilanen said Friday morning that officers will be out over the weekend being proactive in enforcing the 12-hour parking ordinance. The city’s ordinance “states vehicles are not allowed to park on the street for more than twelve (12) consecutive hours. Violations are subject to a parking ticket and a possible towing.”

A ticket is $17 and an average tow is about $120, according to information from the Rochester city clerk’s office.

For those who find their cars are no longer where they parked them, Moilanen said they should start by calling the city’s emergency dispatch number to determine if their car has been towed.