The Arkansas City Police Department soon will crack down on vehicles that are parked illegally on city streets, specifically campers, recreational vehicles and trailers.

ACPD logoIt is illegal to store such vehicles on city streets, according to Section 93 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance, which the city has adopted by reference. The ordinance also prohibits parking a vehicle in the roadway for more than 48 hours.

ACPD recently counted more than 50 vehicles that are being stored illegally in the roadway. “We are asking for everyone’s help to clean up our city streets by finding an appropriate and legal place to store these items,” states a post on the ACPD Facebook page.

“If you own a camper, RV or trailer and it is parked in the roadway, you will need to get it moved (as soon as possible). Failure to do so could result in receiving a parking ticket and having your unit towed away at your expense.”

“No person shall park or store any farm machinery, trailer or semitrailer of any kind, or parts of the same, or any dead, damaged or disabled motor vehicle or farm machinery, trailer or semitrailer of any kind, in the roadway of any highway, or between the property line or sidewalk and the curb line of any street,” states Section 93 of the Standard Traffic Ordinance.

“A person shall not use the public highway to abandon vehicles or use the highway to leave vehicles unattended in such a manner as to interfere with public highway operations. When a person leaves a motor vehicle on a public highway or other property open to use by the public, the city having jurisdiction of such highway or other property open to use by the public, after 48 hours or when the motor vehicle interferes with public highway operations, may remove and impound the motor vehicle.”