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updated: 2/24/2011 12:36 PM

Arlington Hts. parking officers get computers

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Catching parking violators in downtown Arlington Heights should be a lot easier this spring.

The village board approved Monday the purchase of hand-held computers and mobile printers for parking enforcement officers. The $45,013 cost will come from funds seized in criminal cases.

Now, officers check for parking violators by chalking tires in parking zones that are limited to two hours, said Cmdr. William Newman. If a car hasn't moved during the time limit, a ticket is issued.

With the new system, the officer will type license plate numbers into the hand-held computer. When he or she returns after the deadline, the current plate numbers are typed in, and any cars that have been there too long are ticketed.

The system also includes mobile printers and software that helps check the village's list of cars eligible to be immobilized because they have five or more outstanding parking tickets. When a car has 10 unpaid tickets the Secretary of State will suspend the owner's driving license.

Newman said he hopes to have the new equipment for the five civilian officers by May 1.