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      Traverse City Police surprised by large number of tickets issued

      The Traverse City Police Department issued 70 parking tickets in the city early Wednesday morning to people that were violating the 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. parking rules.

      The department says they typically issue around 15 a night, and that they're not sure why there was an uptick that morning.

      The ticketing started when a street sweeping crew called and said they couldn't get around the parked cars to do their job.

      According to the city wide ordinance, drivers cannot park on any street or alley between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 16 through April 14.

      From April 15 to November 15, drivers are permitted to park in these locations between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. only on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings.

      The signs with this information are posted at the edge of town. Visitors say there should be some sort of signage in the downtown area because it wasn't made clear enough. People who live in Traverse City agree.

      "I think there should be more signs," said Bruce Messer of Traverse City. "That would make sense, to have more especially in the main areas like on Front Street where a lot of visitors will be parking. If they're not aware of that ordinance, they're going to get a ticket."

      The overnight parking ticket will cost you $15 during the summer and winter. There is also a possibility of your car being towed.

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