Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich said after hearing such complaints, he called Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow regarding the issue.
“She said she didn’t know the specifics, but that she thought about nine citations had been issued,” he said.
Rich said he was told the issue of illegal parking had been brought up at the last police roll call meeting, sparking the new emphasis on issuing parking citations. No particular area in the city has been specifically targeted, he said.
Deputy Chief Lonzo Roberson said that when drivers park along a curb, the vehicle should be facing in the same direction traffic flows on that side of the street. He said he was unaware of the citations but he would check into it today.
Tracy Page, a resident on Fifth Avenue, said she was startled when she walked to her husband’s car on Sunday morning and saw a $15 ticket for having parked facing the wrong direction.
Page said both she and her husband had parked in that direction before, and in the six years her family had lived in their home, this was the first time they had ever been given such a citation.
“My problem is that if you are going to change your enforcement policy, then let people know,” she said. “I’ve parked in front of our house as City of Rome police cars pass me and all I’ve ever received in the past is a friendly wave.”
Page said she did not think cars parked on the sides of her street pose any safety issues.
“We live on a really wide avenue,” Page said, “You can actually park (on) both sides of the street and traffic can flow through.”
Chief Snow could not be reached for comment by the Rome News-Tribune on Sunday.