Although the City of Rockford hasn't had much snow this season, several snow emergencies have been declared, and people parking on the wrong side of the street are having to pay the price.
During a snow emergency, cars parked on Rockford streets must follow the odd/even parking rule. That means that cars should be parked on the odd side of the street on odd dates, such as February 13. Cars should then be moved to the even side of the street by 8:00 a.m. the next morning, if that date ends in an even number.
So far this season, officers with the Rockford Police Department have handed out almost 130 citations for vehicles violating the ordinance.
"If they don't move their vehicles and the snow plows can't plow there then the snow becomes hardened and becomes ice and then it becomes a traffic hazard," Rockford Police Lieutenant Christine Bishop says. "So if it's blocked off and it's icy, they can't do their job if the vehicle is in the way."
Cars are legally allowed to park on the corresponding side of the street during snow emergencies, even if no parking signs are posted.
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