OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Many university towns across the nation have the same problem during football season, congested parking, and with it, usually comes parking violations.
In the city of Oxford, officials are concerned low parking fines won't stop drivers from violating the rules, so there's a proposal on the table to increase fines.
"The proposal put in place is more to encourage the tourism and to protect it than it is to have an negative impact," said Ward 1 Alderman Jay Hughes.
The proposal comes shortly after the University of Mississippi changed its parking regulations only allowing students living on campus, donors and season ticket holders access to campus parking on game days.
"It's been a novelty in years past that we've not had any fees for parking," Hughes said. "Trying to benefit everybody is to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to enjoy the jewel of the town, which is the square, as opposed to people coming in and parking in the morning and making it difficult for the rest of the people to enjoy the square."
The proposal would raise first-time fines from $10 to $50, while the second and third violations would be $75 and $100, respectively.
If if passes, steps will be taken to inform fans and visitors before fines are given.
"They're gonna try to educate the public and develop a strategy to inform people on game day when they come and park," said Oxford City Planner Tim Akers. "They will say, 'These are the consequences if you park longer than three hours.'"
"There will be appropriate signage that just lets you know that the square is to be used for tourism and not for game day parking all day," Hughes said.
The Board of Aldermen is expected to vote August 20th on the issue.
It's not determined when the measure would take effect, if it passes.