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.