Central Falls residents urged to challenge parking tickets

PROVIDENCE, RI – The president of the Central Falls city council says a short-lived ban on overnight street parking was "idiotic." The state receiver who imposed the ban withdrew it in the face of widespread community opposition but not before dozens of people were ticketed for violating it.

The ban on overnight street parking in Central Falls lasted just one night but 75 people were ticketed. The tickets cost $40. State Senator Elizabeth Crowley, a Central Falls democrat, said people should challenge them.

"I think they should appeal them to the municipal court and plead their case to the judge and the judge can look at it one by one," said Crowley.

Crowley said the parking ban is a natural consequence of what happens when an individual, in this case a receiver, run cities rather than elected officials.

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