Kansas lawmaker wants parking violation limitations - KCTV5

Kansas lawmaker wants parking violation limitations

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TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -

It's personal for a state lawmaker.

After getting four parking tickets in a four-hour period, he wants changes to the laws in Kansas governing parking tickets.

State. Rep. John Bradford, R-Lansing, said he believes there should be a limitation on how many parking tickets can be written in a single day.

"I'm not saying parking meters should be done away with," he explained. "I'm just saying there should be some reasonableness as to how often you give tickets and the amount of fines that stack up in the day."

Bradford said he attended a state board of education over the summer. He said he was parked for less than four hours and came out to four tickets on his windshield.

He pulled out his checkbook and paid the $58 in tickets. He then pulled out his legislative playbook and filed House Bill 2494.

"I thought that was absurd, so I decided to draft my bill," he said.

Bradford said he has heard about some getting eight tickets in a day. He doesn't believe meter readers or the police should be able to write more than one ticket in a four-hour period to a vehicle parked in the same location.

"I felt it reasonable that the city probably should be allowed to ticket once every four hours, maybe one for the afternoon and one for the morning, but not every hour," he said.

Opposition is strong, and he knows his proposal won't get out of committee. He said he plans to file this bill every year until it passes.

"I just don't agree that eight tickets in a day is reasonable," he said.

Overland Park said it doesn't strictly enforce parking ordinances. Olathe said it will ticket up to four times in a day if illegally parked in a one-hour spot and two tickets a day in a two-hour spot.

Wyandotte County officials declined comment.

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