Blanchester to enforce parking laws

By Scott Reinbolt - Chief of Police, Blanchester

Mayor Carman has asked that the police department begin enforcing several ordinances regarding parking of motor vehicles on public streets. Since many of these prohibitions have not been enforced for some time, here is a summary of what is prohibited under Ohio law and Village ordinance, all of which are misdemeanor offenses:

Under Village Ordinance 339, passed on Dec. 5, 1962:

A car cannot be repaired or offered for sale while parked on a public street, unless the repairs are an emergency;

A car cannot remain parked on a public street for longer than 72 consecutive hours;

A car cannot be parked on a sidewalk.

Under Ohio law:

A car must have valid license plates on it if it is parked on a public street;

A junk motor vehicle left on the public right of way (which includes berm, ditch line, etc) for more than 48 hours can be towed by police. A junk motor vehicle is one which meets all of the following criteria:

1. Is 3 years old or older;

2. Is extensively damaged;

3. Is apparently inoperable;

4. Has a fair market value of $1,500 or less.

I hope that, by getting the word out, most people will comply with these laws voluntarily eliminating the necessity of the police department taking enforcement action.

By Scott Reinbolt

Chief of Police, Blanchester