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COLUMBIA - New parking ticket numbers released by the City of Columbia show the city continues a trend of higher ticketing. Columbia gave 16.6 percent more tickets during September 2011 compared to the same month last year.

In September 2011, the city gave out 7,657 parking tickets, an increase of 1,091 tickets. The increased ticketing is part of an on going trend since the city doubled the fines for parking tickets back in March. The city has given out an average of 1,790 more tickets each month compared to the same months last year. 

Parking ticking saw the greatest increase during the month of August. The City of Columbia gave out 9,320 parking tickets during August 2011. That's 5,502 tickets more when compared to the same month in 2010. 

The overwhelming majority of the tickets given in September and August were for expired meters. Those headed downtown, should be sure to feed the meter enough to cover the time for any errands and then some. In August the city gave out one ticket every 102 seconds during ticketing hours. That means if a driver is only two mintues late, there is a good chance he/she will have a ticket waiting for him/her by the time they make it back to their car.

Parking enforcement is Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.