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GRPD: Help us help you; follow odd-even parking rules

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It seems as though some people are having a hard time following the odd-even parking policy in effect on many Grand Rapids streets.

Our crew had a hard time figuring out what was the “right” side of the road to park on Thursday because there were cars parked on both sides of the street.

That creates a problem for emergency vehicles to get down streets that can’t be plowed because cars are parked on both sides of the street, according to Grand Rapids police.

“If the snow builds up so much and cars aren’t moving and those emergency vehicles can’t get through, we may have to end up towing cars,” Sgt. Dan Adams said.

Police say they don’t want to have to tow cars, they just want people to follow the rules. Writing a ticket is their first step at enforcement.

“I understand the community’s frustration. No one likes getting a ticket,” Adams said. “But at the same time, a lot of residents are reaching out to us and saying, ‘Hey I’m abiding by the rules, my neighbors aren’t. Come tow them.’ I mean, some people don’t even think ticketing is enough.”

Demi Haggerty lives on one of those streets and says she understands people’s confusion, but it doesn’t make it any less of a problem. “It’s not a very good system, so it’s not their fault,” she said. “The system needs to be fixed. It has nothing to do with the individual person. I don’t think people see that sign and say, ‘Oh I want to park on the wrong side and be mean and screw everyone over with plowing.”

Haggerty says she thinks some people might miss seeing the signs or not understand the rule. But she notices when she can hardly get down her street and when her road isn’t plowed.

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  • Sick of the crap

    Typical response from a millennial age person. “It’s not our fault”….. The system must be broke or don’t understand the signs. It has been this way and simple for many many years. Abide by the rules or get out of the city idiots.

  • Sillyoldme

    Unfortunately in Grand Rapids there is a large part of the population that thinks they are entitled and that any and all rules don’t apply to them. This also includes shoveling their sidewalk and taking care of their yards including leaf pickup. The City does not follow up on their ordinances and, residents know it.

  • Sillyoldme

    Sorry, but to those inconsiderate neighbors or renters who don’t feel the need to follow any rules, when your house is on fire and the firetrucks can’t get thru the streets, we will just let your house burn. Same applies when the plows and school buses can’t get thru to pick up Jethro to take him to skool.

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