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Watertown police: go ahead, park overnight on public streets during holidays

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 24, 2013 12:03 PM

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If you live in Watertown and are expecting a multitude of visitors this holiday season, then you're in luck.

Watertown officials will temporarily allow overnight parking on public roads from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 to better accommodate the influx of visitors Watertown residents receive during the holidays, according to a statement from the Watertown Police Department.

The announcement comes after town officials reinstated the annual overnight winter parking ban Dec. 2.

Under the ban, no one can park their car for more than one hour on public streets between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during all days of the week. Normally, anyone who does so risks facing a ticket and having their car towed. The ban is expected to carry on until April 1.

Although the ban is suspended during the holidays, it may be reinstated if there is a snow emergency, since snow plows would need to clean the streets, police said. In that case, residents should visit Watertown's official website to see municipal and school lots that are available for parking.

Police encourage residents to still use private parking during the holidays if possible.

Officers will begin enforcing the parking ban again on Jan. 2, according to the statement.

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