City cracks down on traffic violators

    The city of Philadelphia is starting a new effort today to cut down on traffic congestion in Center City.

    The city of Philadelphia is starting a new effort today to cut down on traffic congestion in Center City.

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    The crackdown will include police and parking authority officers issuing more parking tickets, and citations for blocking intersections. Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler says the effort will target Center City’s most gridlocked intersections.

    Cutler: People will get ticketed for blocking the box. we will be moving cars that are double-parked by tow-truck. We will be freeing up the loading zones for delivery vehicles and we would like people’s cooperation to assist us in this endeavor.

    A dozen police officers have been posted at key intersections as part of the crackdown, and starting in July, the city plans to turn some on-street parking into expanded loading zones to help keep streets clear of double-parked trucks.

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