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Sheriff's Department Deals With Parking Issues Over Thanksgiving

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported they had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving weekend. But they had some parking issues—related both to snow and to holiday shopping.

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said that on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in particular, they had issues with parking and parking violations.

“In a matter of three days we dealt with 50 or more parking issues. Kind of around the Kimball Junction area but also up in some of the neighborhoods for snow removal. The Black Friday sales event specifically over at the Tanger Outlets, because that’s such a large shopping area we had lots of parking issues. People parking in handicap parking spots when they didn’t have the proper permits or placards to do so.”

He added that residents also have to be mindful of the parking limits to allow for snow removal.

“That time of year. Especially with the snow starting to fly and it looks like we’ve got more storms on the way. It’s important for people to, especially the residents to understand that the county ordinance is in effect as far as winter street parking. We want to do our best to remind our community that they can’t park out on the streets but if it comes down to it and we can’t contact the vehicle owner we will tow a vehicle and possibly even give a citation. It’s one of those things where we have to remember we live in a mountain community where the potential for lots of snow is there.”

Elsewhere, the Sheriff’s Office reported a single-vehicle accident last week in Silver Creek. Lt. Wright said that last Tuesday the 20th at about 9:30 in the morning, a 44-year-old-woman from Centerville was heading south on Silver Creek Road, drifted into the shoulder, overcorrected, and went off the other side of the road, rolling several times. She was taken to a Salt Lake area hospital by ambulance with injuries.

He said it was though speed was a factor in the crash since the driver was doing 60 MPH in a 35 mile-an-hour zone.

Finally, the Park City Police Department reported that last Wednesday they conducted an operation checking commercial vehicles for violations. Captain Phil Kirk reported that vehicles were stopped for several reasons, such as uncovered loads, UDOT decal violations, speeding and failure to stop at stop signs.

The vehicles were moved to the Park City High parking lot for inspections. In the end, about 16 commercial vehicles were stopped. About 58 violations were cited and six vehicles were taken out of service for repairs.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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