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Pa. firefighters now able to issue parking tickets

The firefighters now have the power to issue citations for six different violations

CARBONDALE, Pa. — Ever wish you could do something (legally) about that car parked in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire zone? Some Pa. firefighters can as they are now allowed to issue parking tickets.

The seven full-time Carbondale city firefighters now have the duty of writing parking tickets for six violations as authorized by Mayor Justin Taylor on Monday.

"As people probably don't know, in Pennsylvania you don't need to be a police officer to write a parking ticket," Taylor explained to the Times-Tribune.

Firefighters will not be writing tickets for meter violations, but can write for:

  • Parking within 15 feet of fire hydrants
  • Parking in a fire zone/lane
  • Parking in a handicapped space without a placard
  • Parking facing the wrong direction on the street
  • Parking while obstructing traffic.

"A violation of the law is a violation of the law," Taylor said. "It doesn't matter who sees it."

Firefighters say they will not be patrolling or actively pursuing violations, rather, they now have the power to issue citations and fix issues they see while working.

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