Shreveport, La — Violators face hefty fines in wake of penalty increase for improper yard parking.
For several years now, the Shreveport police Department has enforced the city's ordinances that govern the parking of motor vehicles in the front yards of homes within the city limit. Authorities will now enforce updated city ordinances which include heftier fines for would be violators.
In the past, a yard parking citation would cost roughly $15. Beginning Monday, September 24, 2012, the Shreveport Police Department's officers will begin issuing parking citations that will cost violators of the current parking ordinance $100 for the first offense. Fines for subsequent offenses are $300 for a second offense and $525 for a third offense.
The measure, voted on and approved by the Shreveport City Council, requires specific prerequisites be met for those home owners wishing to park vehicles on their front lawn. Some of the requirements include: placing borders around the intended parking area, ensuring that the parking surface is constructed of a dustless material, and being certain that the intended parking area does not cover more than fifty percent of the front lawn.