Cranston cuts fines for overnight parking

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Cranston’s City Council has voted to cut the fine for overnight parking in half in an effort to encourage police officers to write more tickets.

The Providence Journal reports Tuesday’s vote was unanimous and cuts the fine for violating the overnight parking ban from $50 to $25.

The police labor union has said officers are reluctant to issue $50 tickets because they consider the fine to be harsh.

Mayor Allan Fung says he hopes cutting the fines will result in more tickets and more revenue for the city.

The annual number of parking tickets has dropped by 75 percent over seven years.

That came to light after two council members said their districts were targeted in a ticket-writing blitz in November because they voted against a police contract.

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