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Cranston Parking Ban Begins at Noon

Get your cars off the streets.

Starting noon Saturday, cars parked on the street in Cranston could be towed thanks to a parking ban.

The ban was initiated in response to a winter storm that could dump anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow before Sunday morning.

Police are asking residents to stay off the roads during the height of the storm so plow crews and public safety can get around.

The ban will last until further notice.
Ian Sanderson February 15, 2014 at 02:13 PM
it is after 2pm in Pawtuxet Village cars parked all over the place. The ban is NEVER enforced here. Therefore the roads never get plowed. What is the point?
nicole fine February 15, 2014 at 09:09 PM
The City does NOT enforce the ban. Why bother having it? The Mayor, City Council and Cranston police should all be ashamed of themselves saying they are working for a safer Cranston. How much money would the city make WITHOUT a state investigation if they towed/ticketed cars during a ban?
Some Guy February 16, 2014 at 08:56 AM
First off let's get one thing straight, the CPD does enforce parking bans. However they also have their normal workload (calls) to take. And as you may imaging people are not very happy w tow truck drivers when their car is being towed so an officer must stand by with a vehicle to wait for tow, therefore it is impossible to ticket and tow every vehicle. But the. Again it's much easier to bash the city and police department than to understand how things actually work...
nicole fine February 16, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Hey, guy, NO! They don't enforce the ban. I have called about cars parked on my street and they say they will "TRY" to get someone out there. Snow is going to happen, plan your work force accordingly. It is not a difficult management move to make. I am critical of the City when it is called for, and I also commend and applaud when they do well.
Some Guy February 16, 2014 at 09:39 AM
That's right I forgot, in a city of 90k people every single car should be tagged and towed, apparently within 2 hrs of a parking ban according to Mr Sanderson. It takes an average of 45 min- 1hr to tow a car during a snow storm, that is IF the tow company can get there. Tows are subbed out, for someone who has no idea of the actual process Nicole you have a lot to say, but maybe you are right, all the cops should be towing cars, forgeta bout the accidents, and the domestic disputes or checking the million alarms that come in due to the weather or criminals that use snow storms as a cover to commit B&E's... The focus defiantly should be on towing every last car on the roadway
Some Guy February 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Definitely not defiantly
Frank Dwyer February 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Well said, Some Guy. Guess Nicole should run for mayor since she obviously has all the answers.
Ian Sanderson February 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM
I agree to some extent but what is the purpose (and cost) of sending snowplows down your street with the plows up because they can not plow because of all the cars parked on your street. Why have a ban ? BUT they have the time to ticket on a cool night with no sign of snow .
Frank Dwyer February 16, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Ian it's all about man power, if there are calls for service then THEY come first before some cars parked on the street and for your information the city, not the police has inspectors that drive around all night and call the police when they need cars moved. If they don't call then they don't move and the plows will plow around the vehicles.
nicole fine February 16, 2014 at 04:13 PM
If I had all of the answers, I would not live in RI! LOL Some guy, why can't/don't you use your real name???? I understand there are procedures, guidelines, etc. that need to be adhered to, but don't put measures in and then not attempt to enforce them. There are cars parked EVERYDAY on Reservoir Avenue in good/bad weather right under "no parking anytime" signs, and they are not ticketed, and the police drive right by them.

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