According to numerous city ordinances, no parking is allowed at any time in areas where curbs are painted yellow.
"There have been parking incidents the police have been made aware of," Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times. "As many people know, some streets are just not wide enough to have vehicles parked on both sides and have traffic continue to flow smoothly."
Mayor Ann Bradshaw said by marking certain areas as "No Parking" zones, it will not only allow vehicles to travel safer on city roads, but also allow emergency response vehicles the space they need to reach locations to better serve the public.
"There are many ordinances on the books specifying no parking areas, some of which go back to 1931," Bradshaw said in reference to the 68 areas where curbs are to be painted. "By making sure the city follows what is on the ordinance books, it will also allow better turning ability for fire trucks, sanitation vehicles and busses to travel and/or respond in emergency situations."
Both Archer and Bradshaw admitted they did not know why the curbs had not been painted before, but realized it needed to be done to help increase public safety.
"It wouldn't be fair to start enforcing these without giving some sort of notice," Archer said. "There are some people who have lived in the community for a long time and didn't know about them."
Archer added the Brazil Street Department began going through the ordinance book looking for something that was available that the city could do to increase traffic flow after an incident when an emergency response vehicle had difficulty reaching its destination.
"The street department started painting the curbs within the last two weeks, and will continue to do so as long as personnel is available to do so," Archer said. "There are some areas where only one side of the road will be painted, while others will have no parking allowed on either side."
Archer advised residents to keep an eye out for city workers not just as they paint curbs, but anytime they are out working on a project.
"Workers should be wearing the bright orange and yellow vests when they are out working," he said. "In work zones, whether they are marked or not, there is a state law that says drivers must slow down."
According to Schedule IV of Chapter 74 in Title VII of the Brazil City Code, any person parking in the painted areas are subject to a civil penalty of $12 plus any court costs associated with the citation.
"This is not about generating additional funding for the city," Archer said. "This is about allowing better traffic flow and creating a clear path for emergency response personnel."
A list of this and all city ordinances can be found on the City of Brazil's web site -- www.brazil.in.gov -- under the "City Ordinances" header.