85 people ticketed for parking in Montgomery yards

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials say city inspectors have ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard.

The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear contested cases.

Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but to discourage people from parking in front yards.

City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said he's already seeing fewer violations in his district.

There was a monthlong warning period before the ordinance took effect June 1 and enforcement began on June 3.

Inspectors will begin using electronic ticket machines this week.

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