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Richmond Drivers Surprised By "20 Foot Rule" Tickets

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Richmond, VA—A little-known rule is taking many Richmond drivers by surprise; some Fan residents are outraged, after receiving tickets for a violation they didn't know existed.

Bonnie Predd is the latest of her neighbors to receive a ticket; her violation? Parking on a crosswalk or within 20 feet of a crosswalk/alley intersection.

"I came across the street to my car and suddenly I found a ticket, thinking what in the name have I done here?"

Bonnie says a handful of her neighbors got the same ticket over the past few weeks, and many of them are shocked to learn that they have parked in violation of a City of Richmond parking ordinance.

"I was in shock, needless to say, I've been parking up and down this street for as long as I've been here which is a little over a year."

The 20 foot rule has been in place in the City of Richmond for quite some time, according to Councilman Samuels. However, the Councilman told 8News that they have an agreement with police not to ticket anyone for this violation, because it would eliminate around 2,000 parking sports across the city.

Predd and others say they biggest problem with the newly-enforced rule is lack of notice. She says along her street, there are no parking signs directing drivers to stay 20 feet away.

"I think they oughta at least post it or let us know somehow, rather than drop tickets on us."

When we inquired with the City of Richmond about who was actually issuing the tickets, we did not receive a clear response.

We will continue to investigate this situation…stay with 8News for updates.

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