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QPD enforcing downtown parking restrictions

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Pay attention to how long you're parking in downtown Quincy.

Police have once again started enforcing the downtown parking ordinances. Quincy Police say drivers aren't obeying these time restricted parking signs.

And it could very well end up getting them one of these tickets.

WGEM spoke with a downtown business owner who says his business is directly impacted when people ignore the parking signs.

"I think some people may think now, I can't get in and out, so possibly I won't go down there, maybe I'll go to a place that has a drive-thru or something like that, so I think if spots were opened up I think we'd see more traffic."

Billy Martin, the owner of Krazy Cakes in downtown Quincy, says he's received numerous complaints from customers about the lack of parking.

And he feels much of the problem is due to parked cars overstaying their welcome.

"Being a coffee shop in the mornings they want to get in and out, and we've had a lot of complaints about having to park one or two blocks away," said Martin.

And Quincy Police are taking note.

Sgt. Doug Vandermaiden says the 500 block of Hampshire in Quincy has become a major cause for concern.

"Typically our downtown parking is complaint driven, now that we have a complaint in the particular block we'll keep an eye on it," said Sgt. Vandermaiden.

And the issue is not only causing problems for business owners but other drivers as well.

"I've been one whose had to circle the block a time or two just to get a closer place," said Brenda Humphrey.

Sgt. Vandermaiden says while this is primarily a complaint driven enforcement, it's still important for drivers to obey the law.

"Basically when you park downtown you should look to see if there are any signs that restrict the amount of time you can park there. There are areas in a parking lot and on the street in the downtown area where you can park for longer periods," said Sgt. Vandermaiden.

If you do happen to get one of these tickets, fines start at $5 and go up to $15.

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