Call it a New Year's resolution: The people who write parking tickets for downtown Anchorage say they'd like to write fewer of them in 2018.

It's why EasyPark has started an educational campaign for the public highlighting the offenses that bring the most citations.

During January, the focus is on some of the dos and don'ts of parking meters. EasyPark parking director Brian Borguno said the posts of meters Downtown are color-coded.

A gray post means two-hour parking is allowed; an orange post indicates 10-hour parking; blue poles are for handicapped parking.

Borguno said the number of citations issued has declined in the last few years and that most tickets that are issued are for people who forget to plug the meters with sufficient cash. But, he also said you can get a ticket for over-staying the maximum time at a meter. In fact, Borguno said, once that time is up, you can't put more money in-- you have to move your car.

"There's still confusion as to, do I have to move my vehicle after the two-hour limit? And the answer is yes," said Borguno.

He said drivers must move their vehicles to a new block, not simply a few spaces up the street. People who need to be downtown for a longer period of time should consider parking in a lot or garage.

"Ideally, what we are trying to do is educate people what the alternatives are for parking," he said. "Either in a garage or in a lot where you can stay as long as you need to, and don't need to worry about whether or not you have to move your vehicle."

Borguno said parking meters are enforced on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., after that you don't have to pay or move your car. On Saturdays, the meters are free but time limits are enforced until 6 p.m.

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