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Sep 27, 2013 2:01 PM by Janine Reyes

Parking Citations to Fund Street Repair

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The police department spent this week cracking down on drivers parked illegally in neighborhoods. That has led to more than 1,000 tickets.

So how much money do those tickets generate for the city and where will it go?

You may want to take extra precautions to steer clear from no parking signs, because in only two days, traffic officers and police issued 1,246 tickets in their neighborhood initiative crackdown, and they're still going strong.

Here's a breakdown of the preliminary numbers. 629 people got tickets for blocking a driveway, that's a $40 ticket and should bring in $25,160 in fines.

Officers cited 415 people for parking in the wrong direction, it's another $40 dollar ticket, generating $16,600.

37 people parked too far away from a curb, bringing in $1,295, 9 people parked in the way of a fire hydrant, costing them $360, and a combined total of more than $1,600.

78 picked up a ticket for some other type of parking violation, and police officers from different shifts turned in another 78 tickets that have not been broken down yet.

Those will probably generate another $3,000 or so in tickets.

That means in two days, officers generated more than $46,000 in fines that come back to the city.

Part of that money collected goes toward street repair.

The parking initiative is not over yet, so you might want to pay close attention to where you park, because while you may agree with that street repair, you probably don't want to be the one to pay for it.

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