Dormont police are cracking down on illegal parking in the borough, and plan to issue more citations for people parking on sidewalks, parking on the wrong side of the street and in “no parking” zones.
“It’s not that this hasn’t been done in the past, but we’re making it more of a priority,” said Officer Jim Burke. “Especially with inclement weather just around the corner, we want to curtail the illegal parking issues.”
Burke said parking on the wrong side of the street adds an inconvenience for drivers who must navigate around them, but more importantly, it also can create a dangerous situation when emergency vehicles can’t get around them. Salt trucks also are too wide to navigate narrow streets with cars parked on both sides.
“I live in this town. I understand that some of the streets are narrow and parking is tough,” Burke said. “If the residents have driveways or garages, we’re encouraging them to utilize those.”
Also in the blotter:
- Randy McKinney, 58, of Dormont, was arrested for public drunkenness behind R Bar on West Liberty Avenue at 1:53 p.m. He was held at the Dormont police station until he was sober.
- Several small items were stolen from the CoGo’s on Potomac Avenue around 5 a.m. According to the police report, two young men came into the store and asked the clerk for several different brands of cigarettes. When they left, the clerk noticed that two packs of cigarettes, as well as containers of iced tea and bags of potato chips had been stolen. Dormont police are reviewing surveillance footage from inside the store.