Beginning today, the Shreveport City Council approved an increase in fines for violators who improperly park in their yard. Shreveport police have enforced the city ordinance on front yard parking for several years and today police will begin enforcing updated city ordinances which include heftier fines for violators. In the past, a yard parking citation would cost roughly $15, but beginning today, the Shreveport Police Department police officers will begin issuing parking citations costing violators $100 for the first offense. Fines for subsequent offenses are $300 for a second offense and $525 for a third offense.
The Shreveport City Council, voted on and approved a measure which requires specific prerequisites be met for those home owners wishing to park vehicles on their front lawn. Some of the requirements include placing borders around the intended parking area, ensuring that the parking surface is constructed of a dustless material, and being certain that the intended parking area does not cover more than fifty percent of the front lawn.
KTBS-TV, spoke to The City Council office today to inquire how many tickets have been given out today. We were told the numbers are not in yet, because once a ticket is issued it takes a few days to show up on the system. We should have an update on the number of tickets issued by the end of the week.