A win for people who park too long: Tire chalking thrown out

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 21: A parking ticket is seen on the windshield of a FedEx truck on January 21, 2011 in San Francisco, California. In an effort to eliminate a projected $21.2 million budget deficit by June 30, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered parking and traffic officers to write more […]

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan city’s policy of chalking tires to enforce parking restrictions has been declared unconstitutional.

A federal court says chalking tires in Saginaw to keep track of parked cars is an unreasonable search and has no role in maintaining public safety. The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals created a new legal precedent Monday in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Saginaw marks tires with chalk to keep track of how long a vehicle is parked. Alison Taylor sued after receiving 15 parking tickets between 2014 and 2017. Tickets start at $15.

The appeals court says Saginaw failed to demonstrate in “law or logic” how marking cars justifies a warrantless search. The court says marking tires was a strategy to raise money.

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