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City targets abandoned cars on Hemet streets


Last updated 9/15/2018 at 10:47am

HEMET - Cars abandoned on Hemet streets won't be there for long anymore as the city inaugurates a program to curb blight, it was announced on Thursday, Sept. 13.

"Operation Eyesore'' will get underway before the end of the month and involve patrol officers who will look for, ticket and order the removal of "inoperable, abandoned and unregistered vehicles,'' according to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson.

"Abandoned vehicles are often ... unsightly and covered in debris,'' Dickson said. "They are not just an eyesore, but can take up valuable parking space in already crowded residential neighborhoods.''

He said the objective is for officers patrolling neighborhoods as part of the regular duties to be the lookout for abandoned autos, or those not maintained under the California Vehicle Code, and oversee the process of having them removed or put back into legal status.

"The program will include issuing warning notices asking the owner to move their vehicle,'' Dickson said.

According to the lieutenant, state law stipulates that a vehicle can't be left in one spot for more than 72 hours, and all vehicles must carry current registration if parked on a city street. Otherwise, they're subject to being towed.

Dickson indicated that the police department's proactive response to blight removal will be indefinite.


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