New ‘electronic chalking’ in Kirkland

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kirkland Police Department Parking Enforcement Division has begun using a license plate recognition system to monitor parking in time-limited, city-owned lots and spaces in downtown. The system uses a lap-top computer and a camera that captures an image of a vehicle and its license plate. The system’s GPS feature loads the vehicle’s coordinates, the software time-stamps the image and the system alarms when vehicles captured in the database have gone beyond their time limits in a parking space. Time-limited parking areas include the Lake Street (and Central Way) lot, the Lakeshore Plaza lot, Peter Kirk Municipal Garage, and on-street parking in downtown.

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