Carthage Police no longer chalk tires to identify vehicles past parking time limit


A Southwest Missouri town has suspended active enforcement of a two hour limit in public parking.

The city of Carthage had been marking tires with chalk to identify vehicles left in a parking spot past the limit. But a recent federal appeals court decision based in Michigan says using chalk is essentially tracking a vehicle, like using a GPS tracker, and ruled against the practice. Although Missouri falls under a different part of the federal court system, Carthage leaders are still taking the ruling seriously.

“That clearly says that tracking vehicles is a clear, unquestionable violation. So those, that wording is something that definitely piques interest,” says CPD Chief Greg Dagnan.

The department is still enforcing the two hour time limit on a complaint basis.

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