Walla Walla Police to Start Using License Plate Scanner for Parking Control | New
Parking enforcement will be different in Walla Walla starting Monday, September 20, city officials said.
According to information published online by the city government, a new e-reader – which was approved for purchase in March 2020 by city council for a price of around $ 35,000 – will automatically read license plates.
There was no public comment when the budget item was approved.
The law enforcement officer can drive the city-designated vehicle on a street, and the equipped reader will scan license plates nearby. As the agent descends down that street, the tool will notify the agent if a particular license plate is still on that block. Officials noted that moving your vehicle must result in moving to a new block of town entirely to avoid a ticket.
Much of downtown Walla Walla is a two-hour designated parking zone, with $ 10 for the first offense and up to $ 100 for other offenses over a 30-day period, according to the code of the city.
The Walla Walla Police Department recently hired a new parking enforcement officer after more than a year without such a position. The agent started work in mid-August, but the city did not announce the installation of the license plate reader until Friday, September 17.
The tool came at the suggestion of City Attorney Tim Donaldson and Police Chief Scott Bieber, who both said they were concerned about the implications of a Sixth Circuit Court ruling that the chalking the tires was unconstitutional.
At the council meeting where the scanner was approved, city officials told council members that there were frequent parking rule violators who were aware of the court’s decision.
The city had used chalk to enforce the two-hour parking zone, then switched to taking photos of license plates after the 2019 decision.
Now, instead of the chalk strip, people’s license plates will be scanned and stored on the device, which officials say is “completely anonymous.”
The city’s website states that the parking division of the police department is “dedicated to ensuring the smooth flow of vehicles through the city center to help the influx and movement of consumer traffic for traders in Walla Walla. “.
Lack of parking and lack of law enforcement have been a problem for businesses, business owners reported last year.
A map showing all parking spaces and lots in the city center, and those that allow all-day parking, is available online at ubne.ws/wwparking.