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25 years ago: ‘Day of reckoning’ comes for drivers with parking violations

August 28, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 28, 1987:

An article today reminded drivers that Lawrence parking tickets were not a problem that would just go away if ignored. Four people who together had 287 of the yellow overtime parking tickets had been fined a total of $2,228 in Municipal Court last week. Worse, about ten more such cases were scheduled for the following week. At the time, a computer generated a complaint against anyone having five or more unpaid parking tickets, but "we've been so swamped during the past year, we haven't followed up on them," said City Prosecutor Jerry Little. "They haven't been a high priority." A Lawrence man last week had faced his day of reckoning for his stack of 166 unpaid tickets since March 1986, most of which had been issued for parking too long in various spots near his home above the 800 block of Massachusetts Street. His $1,237 fine had been reduced to $700 by Judge George Catt because reminder letters had been sent to the man's former out-of-state address.

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