Local Police Department Uses Smart Car to Help with Parking Enforcement

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Updated: 4/26/2013 8:13 pm

        Law enforcement departments are one of the many offices who are trying to find ways to save money. In Rexburg, the police department has decided to purchase a smart car in an effort to save some money while writing parking and jay walking tickets.

If you’re not familiar with smart cars you’ll want to think twice before jay walking or parking without a permit because these small cars will sneak up on you before you know it.

This is the smart car the Rexburg Police Department is using to enforce parking on the BYU-Idaho campus and around the whole city of Rexburg.

“It is very fun to drive, it drives like a go cart, it gets around real quick around town, it’s really good visibility, people see it, they see police on it, it’s good for public relations and it’s a little bit safer than just walking around or being on a bike on the street” said Officer Jordan Jensen.

The car gets about 40 miles a gallon and can get up to speeds of 100 miles an hour. While it’s small enough and quiet enough to look electric, it’s not.

“I think for how much we paid for it, it’s really good, cost effective because there’s just two full time parking officers for the whole city and so if one of us needs to be in the office paying for tickets, one of us needs to be out covering the whole city for parking” continued Jensen.

Not only is it cost effective but residents love taking pictures of the European car and putting them on Facebook or Instagram.

The Pocatello Police Department is also using smart cars to write parking tickets around the ISU campus.

Before they started using the smart car, the Rexburg Police Department was using golf carts to get around.

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