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F Manning - Parking Ordinance At South Roxana Improper:...
Parking Ordinance At South Roxana Improper: Judge Persons issued overtime parking tickets under a South Roxana parking control ordinance which calls for a minimum fine of $5 have not been prosecuted. Francis J. Manning, village attorney, said prosecution is being delayed on tickets because a difference of opinion has arisen involving Madison County Circuit Judge S. J. Jianakoplos and the $5 minimum clause in the ordinance. Manning said the judge has told him the ordinance is improper because it is in conflict with a state law calling for uniform fines. The $5 minimum fine for a parking ticket is considered high in comparison with many other villages and cities. Judge Jianakoplos said he has not officially ruled on the legality of the ordinance be cause, through lack of prosecu tion, no cases have reached hi :ourt. He indicated however, hat as of Monday he could find no evidence of uniformity in a ;5 minimum ticket. Manning says that the village may prosecute unpaid tickets many months after they are issued, so that delay in prosecution does not mean motorists who have not paid will escape prosecution. Village officials report that approximately 33 tickets have been issued in the past several weeks since the ordinance became effective, and the majority of the motorists have voluntarilly paid their tickets. The parking control ordinance was aimed at construction workers on Shell Oil Company jobs who left their cars parked during entire work shifts on South Roxana streets. Many of the construction workers are now parking on off-street lots since the South Roxana police began issuing parking tickets.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 01 Aug 1967, Tue,
  3. Page 9

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