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Police ticketing illegal Stafford Co. commuter parkers

Monday - 4/11/2011, 6:25am  ET

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. - The grace period is over for drivers parking illegally in two commuter parking lots in Stafford County.

Virginia State Police say they plan to ticket drivers who create their own parking spaces at the Staffordborough Boulevard and Mine Road lots.

Drivers have been parking on landscaping and over curbs.

"We've been giving warnings to any vehicle we found in a non-designated parking space," says Sgt. F.L. Tyler with the Virginia State Police.

"Some are in clearly marked no parking zones, fire lanes."

He says about 75 cars a day have been parking illegally. Starting Monday, officers will write tickets as part of an enforcement campaign.

Vehicles found in the travel lanes will get towed, while others will be issued $81 tickets.

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow Andrew and WTOP on Twitter.

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