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RI city restricting parking to reduce crime

December 24, 2011
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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—The city of Central Falls is temporarily banning overnight parking on its streets in an effort to reduce crime and vandalism.

Under the new policy, drivers won't be able to park their vehicles on city streets between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. The policy goes into effect on Jan. 1 and will remain in place through April 1.

Police officials say they expect the new ordinance will reduce overnight crime and vandalism and will allow officers to be more proactive in arresting criminals and identifying unregistered cars.

Officials say the fire department will also have better street access to medical and fire emergencies during the early morning hours.

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