Linton police getting tough with parking lot loiters
Young and older motorists will have to find new areas to park and congregate during the evening hours in the city of Linton.
The Linton Police Department now has a legal tool to help local business owners and private property owners keep their parking lots clear of unauthorized vehicles and loiterers.
LPD Chief Troy Jerrell says the new agreement will allow the police department to enforce traffic laws on parking lots and run people off parking lots.
The police chief said there is a continuing problem at various parking areas along State Road 54 all the way through the city.
"It's mainly the cruise route that these kids use when they go back and forth through town," Jerrell said. "This is just something the city of Linton and the police department is trying to do to help the citizens with this problem."
He continued, "54 East is probably the main problematic area, but there are some places on the west side of town as well. We've been having this problem for some time now. However, it has been kind of escalating. We are getting more and more complaints and more and more reports. It's kind of frustrating for the business owners because they call us and ask us to clear the lot off and then we'll come and do that. Then the next night, there is a bunch of people there and they think I called the police department how come they are not coming to run them off. It's private property really and we can only do that at their request," the chief said. "By signing this agreement it's giving us the right or the authority to take care of that problem without being asked.":
Jerrell said the three-page form is available at the police station. He said it's important to have a legal description of the property when they come to sign the form.
He said the forms can be completed during regular business hours.
In essence, signing the form, authorizes the police department to enforce parking, traffic and safety regulations/restrictions, he said.
Specifically, the agreement allows the city of Linton through its police department to:
*Erect stop signs, flashing signals, yield signs at specified locations in a parking lot.
*Prohibit or regulate the turning of vehicles at intersections or other designated areas ion the parking areas.
*Regulate the crossing of a roadway in the parking lot by pedestrians.
*Designate a separate roadway in the parking lot for one-way traffic.
*Establish and regulate loading zones.
*Prohibit, regulate, restrict and limit the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles in specified areas of the parking area.
*Designate safety zones in the parking area and fire lanes.
*Remove and store vehicles parked or abandoned in the parking area during snowstorms, floods, fires, and other public emergencies or found unattended in the parking area where the vehicles constitute an obstruction to traffic. A procedure for payment of reasonable charges for the removal and storage by person who owns the vehicle is also established.
*Establish additional responsible regulations with respect to traffic and parking in a parking area as local conditions may require for the safety and convenience of the public or of the users of the parking area.
Jerrell said continued violation of the agreement could result in trespassing charged filed against the individuals.