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Annapolis to fight downtown parking scofflaws with new tech

Sunday - 10/9/2011, 7:36am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Parking enforcement officers in downtown Annapolis will be using new technology to fight parking scofflaws.

Richard Newell, the director of the city's transportation department, tells the Annapolis Capital that in the next six to eight weeks officers will be equipped with automatic license plate reading technology.

Residents near downtown have been complaining to the city for years about resident parking enforcement, and those cries have only become louder in recent years.

The city began cracking down on parking violators over the summer by keeping those officers on the street longer.

More than 2,500 parking tickets were issued in August alone, about 400 more parking citations than in August of last year.

Those numbers are only expected to go up when the new technology starts to get used.

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