The clock is ticking for downtown Walla Walla parkers

By on Monday, September 20th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Police Department resumes downtown parking enforcement today. The parking enforcement officer will use a new automatic license plate recognition system to check vehicles parked in the two-hour parking zones.

The parking enforcement vehicle now is equipped with cameras that scan the license plates of parked vehicles as the officer drives past. The plate numbers are time and date stamped, then temporarily stored in a database. The data stored is completely anonymous as no personally identifiable information is recorded.

When the PEO drives by the next time, the system scans license plates and flags any vehicle that has been parked on the same block on either side of the street for more than two hours.

Fines for parking violations range from $10 for the first infraction to $100 for the fourth and subsequent infractions within a 30-day period.

The WWPD encourages drivers to visit the parking enforcement page to learn more about the new automatic license plate recognition system, review city code regarding parking, and identify alternate locations to park in the downtown area at