October 19, 2010 |

Saturation patrols result in 165 more citations for parking in So. Side

Pittsburgh police from the Traffic Division continued their saturation detail on Friday and Saturday nights in the South Side Flats.

The South Side parking sweep, in reaction to numerous complaints by residents in the community, was designed as a long term strategy to address the overcrowding in the community. This weekend officers issued another 165 parking citations, towed 30 cars, made four traffic stops and issued three citations for moving violations.

In addition, the detail officers also backed up Zone 3 officers on numerous calls and assisted in investigating a shooting at 26th Street and Carey Way.

The South Side parking sweep's no tolerance policy was enforced from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Also working the South Side Flats this weekend were eight plain clothes detectives and a sergeant on Friday night and three detectives and a sergeant on Saturday night. They added to the sweep by making one drug arrest in the 1800 block of East Carson Street; issued two citations for disorderly conduct when they caught people urinating in public; made an arrest for open lewdness, disorderly conduct and intoxication; and, made three field contacts including seizing burglary tools.

According to Police Information Officer Diane Richard, the police will evaluate the impact the enforcement has made on the problem and adjust their strategy as needed for the community.

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