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Park on the wrong side of the street, expect a $38 ticket

Beginning Monday, May 30, the Sunnyside Police Department will be enforcing the left-wheel to curb law on the state books.

According to Deputy Chief Phil Schenck of the Sunnyside Police Department, the police department will begin issuing citations to those who park against the flow of traffic. He said the decision to begin fining people for parking against traffic comes following complaints by citizens and concerns by the Sunnyside City Council.

Currently, the city is issuing warnings to those parking against the flow of traffic. On Monday those warnings will turn into $38 citations.

According to Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder, the decision was made several years ago not to enforce the left-wheel to curb law.

"At that time it was a policy decision that was made," he said. "It was less of a priority in the past."

Radder added that enforcing the parking law is a good thing.

"It's definitely going to improve the safety of our streets," he said.

Schenck said it is dangerous for drivers to cross a lane of traffic to park their vehicles.

Radder said retired senior volunteer Ray Herd currently handles handicap parking issues in town. He added the police department will use Herd to enforce the "left-wheel to the curb" law without taking away from fully commissioned officers' time on the streets.

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