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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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