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Alternate side parking begins in La Crosse

La Crosse police Department will not issue tickets for first two days

Alternate side parking begins in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - After a beautiful sunny day Tuesday, snow is probably the last thing on most people's minds, but the city of La Crosse is already preparing for what's to come.

Tuesday is the first day of November, meaning La Crosse police are issuing warnings to remind drivers that alternate side parking is in effect, regardless of temperature.

"We have to get people in the habit. I remember a few years back on Oct. 31 where we had a big storm," Sgt. Tom Walsh said. "Unfortunately with the weather we can't predict when the weathers going to turn, so I believe the dates have been established on the dates the weather could turn on us."

From now until April 1, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. drivers have to make sure their cars are on the right side of the street. Vehicles have to be on the even side of the street on even dates and the odd side of the street on odd dates.

"It's going to turn, at midnight, to the second. It'll be an even-numbered night, so cars need to be parked on the even side of the street, and on odd nights it goes to odd sides of the street," Walsh said.

Some students say it's frustrating to keep up with.

"I've had to park a pretty good distance away from my house, like four or five blocks, and when it gets pretty cold out at night and I leave work and I have to go find parking, it gets difficult," UW-La Crosse student Taylor Mommaerts said.

"As a student, I don't use my car every day, so it was a hassle to have to remember to go move it every day," Elizabeth Harkins, a UW-La Crosse student, said.

While drivers are getting back in the groove of things, for the first two days of November, police are just issuing warnings rather than tickets.

"We want to make sure our community is informed that we keep them in the loop," Walsh said. "Hopefully they'll begin to start complying on the third or fourth night."

Walsh said last year police issued just under 13,000 parking tickets during the alternate side parking season, which they say is about average.

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