GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With snowflakes in the Storm Team 8 forecast, Grand Rapids police want to remind drivers of the city’s odd-even parking ordinance.
The winter parking ordinance is in effect every year from Nov. 1 through April 2.
Sergeant Terry Dixon, public information officer for the Grand Rapids Police Department, said they gave a grace period for drivers to adjust to the yearly change.
Officers have mainly been handing out parking violation warnings to cars parked on the wrong side of the road, but soon they’ll issue $20 citations.
Sgt. Dixon told 24 Hour News 8 that GRPD isn’t trying to catch people off-guard, that’s why they had a grace period.
“The primary reason why we have this ordinance is for snow removal, so emergency vehicles and service vehicles can travel safely through the roadways,” Dixon explained.
He said when vehicles are lined up on a designated side of the road it helps. However, the intention of the city rule is two-fold.
Sgt. Dixon said the ordinance takes effect before the snow hits in order to prepare.
“We have street sweepers that are out-and-about clearing the gutters and the catch basins of leaves and other debris in anticipation of the snowfall, so they can remove the snow more effectively,” explained Dixon.
On odd-numbered days, drivers should park on the side of the road with an odd-numbered address. On even days, the opposite is true.
The ordinance is in effect between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“The number one rule: Before bed, think ahead. The ‘one’ stands for 1 a.m.,” said Dixon. “If you’re able to remember that then you’ll be able to avoid being in violation.”