D.C. Government Shutdown Would Mean No Parking Tickets

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Parking in D.C.'s  Dupont Circle.  [Photo credit: WNEW's Heather Curtis]

Parking in D.C.’s Dupont Circle. [Photo credit: WNEW's Heather Curtis]

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CORRECTION: This story originally reported that in the event of a federal government shutdown, no parking tickets would be issued in the District of Columbia. That is inaccurate. It has been corrected to reflect that parking enforcement will only be suspended in the event of a shutdown of D.C.’s local government.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Ask anyone and they will tell you it’s easy to get a parking ticket in D.C. — even if you leave your car for five minutes, parking enforcement officers are sure to get you.

In the District, you can’t walk down the street without spotting those little pink folded parking tickets tucked under a car’s windshield wipers. But if there is a D.C. government shutdown, there will be no parking enforcement in the city.

That will mean no time restrictions on street parking and no parking tickets. And for those who make the trek to the nation’s capital, it could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

Some residents are excited to get out of paying for meters as they will finally get free parking.

Other locals tell WNEW’s Heather Curtis that parking in the already congested District may get worse.

Government employees that are affected by the shutdown and stay home are likely keep their cars parked all day, which means drivers looking for parking spots may have a more difficult time parking their cars.

D.C. resident Megan Trossen tells All News 99.1 she spent 30 minutes looking for a parking spot in Dupont Circle on a regular day. Now trying to find a spot could take even longer.

For residents who don’t own a car, trains and buses will still operate on a regular schedule.

WNEW’s Heather Curtis contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

(TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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