9,500 odd/even tickets issued for GR violators

Grand Rapids plowed in cars January 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police have issued 9,524 odd/even parking violations this winter for drivers in the city – an increase of about 1,500 over the last week.

On Jan.29, GRPD Lt. Mike Maycroft told 24 Hour News 8 that the department had issued 8,010 since Nov. 11.

Friday, Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said city plow crews were working to move piles of snow back over the curb, in order to create more room on the side of the street for parking. Still, he said it is up to drivers to obey the odd-even parking restrictions.

“If we cannot open up the street, we will tow the cars,” Sundstrom said. “We will impound them. “We have not started that… we have been ticketing vehicles, trying to encourage people to move.”

Maycroft also said his department is hoping to change drivers’ behaviors by issuing the citations.

“It has been tough for our firefighters to sometimes get to house fires, which is the reason we have this law in effect,” he said. It truly is a public safety issue.”

GRPD reminds drivers to look at the odd/even signs before pulling over to park.

To abide by the ordinance, vehicles must be parked on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days and on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.