Santa Fe mulls nixing parking tickets to increase nightlife

Santa Fe traffic
Santa Fe traffic

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Santa Fe is considering establishing a program that would allow impaired drivers to leave vehicles overnight without the threat of a parking ticket.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday that Mayor Javier Gonzales is pushing a proposal for a parking voucher program aimed at inebriated motorists.

Under the initiative, a driver would be able to leave their vehicle in the downtown area until 10:30 a.m. the following day.

Parking enforcement officers typically start issuing tickets for meter violations around 8 a.m.

The idea was introduced to the City Council on Wednesday.

It is part of a larger effort to reduce drunk driving while encouraging people to spend more money downtown.

A task force appointed by the mayor has been looking for strategies to invigorate the city’s nighttime economy.

 

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