Street parking lifted, extra patrols for the holidays in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 15, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores is giving residents a Christmas present this year: The overnight parking ban is lifted until Jan. 7.

“The 3-5 (a.m.) parking (ban) will be lifted for the holidays, starting Dec. 21 and going through Jan. 7,” said St. Clair Shores Police Department Traffic Lt. Joe Heythaler. “That means you can park on the street between 3 and 5 a.m. without a permit, but if there’s a snow emergency you still have to remove your vehicle from the street.”

He said that is the case anytime for residents with street parking permits, as well; they still have to move vehicles off the street during a snow emergency. 

“During the holidays ... most residents have a lot of visitors either coming over to their house or coming to town,” he said. “It’s just easier at these times to just lift it.”

Residents and visitors should be aware that extra police will be out on the road during the holidays looking for drivers who are intoxicated or impaired, though, Heythaler said. And slow down in the snow.

“Speeds are a major factor. They should probably cut down, especially on side streets, where they don’t get plowed or salted as often as the main streets,” he said. “Coming up to intersections or drives or turns or curves in the road ... be cautious of that.”

With so many ride-sharing options out there, Heythaler said there isn’t any reason for anyone to be driving while intoxicated.

“During the holiday time, we stress that you set up a designated driver or even, nowadays with Uber and Lyft, it’s out there — the ability not to drink and drive,” he said. “If the availability is there, there’s really no excuse.”

More patrols will hit the road between Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, he said.

“We also are out there looking not only for (operating while intoxicated), but the distracted drivers, seat belts — these all play a major factor,” he said.