Students Face 300% Higher Parking Fines

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Finding a parking spot is a daily hunt for commuting students at MSU.

"It is a struggle to find spots," said MSU student Scott Schneider.

"Especially in front of halls, there's a line up waiting for parking meters," said another MSU student Chris Harb.

Students say often they might take a ticket just to get to class.

"Sometimes I just bite the bullet and take the ticket to go to class. Other times I don't go to class because I can't afford a ticket," said Schneider.

In just a few weeks, students will have to think twice about where they park and feeding their meter. State legistaure passed a bill Thursday that will allow all universities to increase maximum parking fines from 25 dollars to 100 dollars and maximum handicap citations from 100 dollars to 250 dollars.

"I had a visit from MSU police that says they have a big problem with wealthy students treating streets as parking lots. They don't care how many they get," said 71st district Rep. Rick Jones.

Legislators say with nearly 50 thousand students, MSU authorities need to be able to keep order and punish repeat parking offenders. But, students disagree.

"I don't think students do it because they want tickets, they don't have a choice," said Schneider.

Students propose the university provide a student parking lot, where they say they'd be happy to pay for a permit. For now, they'll have to pay attention where they park. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the governor as early as next week.


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