Lexington police start using new parking scanner

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Officer Loran Perez thinks, “It’s pretty amazing how advanced it is and how accurate it is.”

And Officer Matthew Lombardi says, “We’re no longer leaning out the door to manually chalk tires and put a mark for overtime parking violations.”

That's because the Lexington police now know where you parked by just driving by. It’s their latest system to help enforce the two-hour parking limits on the downtown streets.

“Nothing has changed as far as times, parking, spaces, anything downtown. Nothing has changed as far as that," Capt. Mark Riley, Lexington's acting police chief, said. "It’s just internally it’s changed for us.”

As in: making life a lot easier and more efficient for the special officer checking on parking violators.

“This vehicles is actually scanning vehicles," Lombardi said. "Capturing a picture of the vehicle and putting a time stamp on it.”

“It’s very quick, very efficient," Perez said. "And you don’t have to worry about whether or not they’ve wiped the chalk off or anything along those lines.”

With the idea of keeping cars moving through the downtown area to make sure parking is generally available for the people wanting to do business there.

“It is an enforcement tool, but it’s also a compliance tool as well," Riley said. "You want to keep spaces open, you want to keep our downtown inviting. And this program will do that.”

“I think it’s a great idea. I mean, you don’t have to worry about making a mistake in memory of whether that person parked there, or whether they may have moved it a couple inches forward or a couple inches back so they may trick you, something like that. You don’t have to worry about that," says Perez. "This system, it takes care of that.”