Investigator: Downtown's parking ticket hot spots

CLEVELAND -- Where are you most likely to get a parking ticket in downtown Cleveland?

Channel 3 News examined 154,396 parking tickets from 2013 to determine parking ticket "hot spots."

Parking tickets in the city can range from $25 up to $250 for parking illegally in a handicapped space. While parking ticket revenue is down in the past couple years due to construction and Hollywood film-making, the city is still cashing in on tickets, collecting $4,957,146 last year alone.

The city still has difficulty collecting fines from the top scofflaws. The top 10 violators owe between $2,680 and $7,785. Police use a special car equipped with rooftop cameras that scan license plates looking for repeat violators. If they find a vehicle with five or more tickets, they will tow it. If an individual wants to get the vehicle back, he or she must pay the entire fine at once.

Also, the city employs debt collectors to chase after parking ticket deadbeats. It will block a registration when it's up for renewal in another attempt to collect the fine.

"There are ramifications when we catch you," said Cleveland Muncipal Clerk of Courts Earle Turner. "Ultimately, we will catch you."

Channel 3 News found that West Third Street between St.Clair Avenue and a block north of Lakeside near FirstEnergy Stadium is the most heavily-ticketed area in downtown.

West Third runs parallel to the Justice Center, which houses police headquarters, the Sheriff's Office and the courts.

The second-most-heavily ticketed area is on West St. Clair between the Justice Center and the Warehouse District.

If you park around Cleveland City Hall, you may already know that's a hot spot for tickets. It's No. 3 in our top five.

You can see where all the tickets were issued in 2013 here:

View Most Ticketed Intersections in Cleveland in a full screen map

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