LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — As of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, alternate side street parking goes into effect for the city of La Crosse.
On even days, drivers must park on the side with even numbered addresses. On odd days, they must park on the side with odd numbered addresses. Between midnight and 5:00 a.m., the rules will be enforced by the La Crosse Police Department.
“Obviously, nobody is happy about getting a citation, and that is why the first citation that is issued is a $0 citation, essentially a warning,” said Captain Jason Melby of the La Crosse Police Department.
According to the La Crosse Police Department, In 2018, 13,314 violations were issued for alternate side street parking. 9,700 of those tickets were first citations for $0. The city collected a total of $53,450.
For drivers who live in heavily trafficked areas, like UW-La Crosse, the rules can additional stress.
“I’m trying to graduate in the spring, so that’s been on my mind, and one of the last things I want to worry about is “oh man, am I on the right side of the street?” said Nate Meihak, a senior at UW-La Crosse.
The tighter streets can also be a problem for both drivers and the plows trying to clear snow.
“Especially when the snow starts coming, and then it doesn’t get plowed properly, and people are parking three feet from the curb, it makes it difficult to wind through those roads,” said Ryan Giannoni, a senior at UW-La Crosse.
Alternate side street parking helps remove a majority of the snow that covers roadways, but it also helps in the fall.
“We would usually be doing leaf collections as well, so the city would be going around with leaf collectors and cleaning up leafs that people have raked out to the edge of the boulevards,” said Melby.
If the month ends on the 31st, and that following day is the first of the month, drivers can keep their car parked on the odd side of the street.
For more information, visit https://www.cityoflacrosse.org/police/nightparking