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the issue is not merely confined to the downtown but also to South Porcupine and Schumacher. He said the issue had been raised before and hopes an answer can be found.
Tavern owners want city hall to allow overnight
She said the idea might take some city money in terms of replacing the signs in certain downtown parking lots.
As part of the presentation, letters were submitted by Gibby's Tavern and The Victory Tavern, asking for changes to the parking bylaw to allow patrons to enjoy a drink without having to consider the drive home. and that overnight parking areas be provided in one or two city owned parking lots.
Timmins tavern owners are hoping city hall will make it easier for patrons to enjoy a drink in a downtown bar, without worrying whether their car will be ticketed when they decide not to drink and drive.
Rinaldo identified two concerns. to move the car, but it many cases, the whole group will just decide to leave as well, and then go home. The other concern she said is that some bar patrons will park their car in a city parking lot downtown, and then get tagged with a $50 ticket.
The idea was presented to Timmins city council this week and endorsed by Timmins and Area chapter of MADD (Mother's Against Drinking Drivers).
City councilor Noella Rinaldo presented the concerns Monday night, saying that she was speaking on behalf of hotel and tavern operators who worry that designated drivers are heading home early to avoid parking tickets and that many drivers opt not to have a drink at all rather than risk a ticket for overnight parking. She said she was also voicing the concerns of some bar patrons who had been ticketed for overnight parking.
Laughren said he hopes that administration can find a solution but added logistically there could be some enduring problems.
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Councilor Pat Bamford commented that taxi fares for a separate driver to bring the car home could be too costly. Bamford suggested there might be a "small section" of a downtown parking lot set aside for bar patrons who could park their cars overnight.
and to save lives," wrote Timmins MADD president Stephen Meunier.
Afterwards, Rinaldo told reporters that the problem is not with people who plan to go out drinking, because they will book a cab. But she said somebody who takes a second drink in a bar now knows it is not worth taking the chance of driving. Those are the ones who will want to leave their car overnight. Rinaldo said she is hoping city council can take a pro active stance against drinking and driving by finding a solution to accommodate vehicle owners who want to leave their cars parked overnight.
in Montreal where drinking drivers are able to call a taxi company and have a separate driver take them home while another driver brings their car home.
Lever added that if people know they're going to drink, they can always leave their car at home and take a cab to and from the bar. He said everyone is against drinking and driving, but he said the onus is on the bar patron to make sure they obey the law.
A similar letter was submitted by MADD of Timmins.
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"We're not talking about a lot of cars. But we are talking about enough and it just takes Vans Sk8 Hi Mte one to cause an accident."
Rinaldo said if bar patrons want to enjoy themselves at a downtown tavern, the city should be finding more ways to make it easier for vehicle owners to make the right choice to not to drink and drive.
Lever said his concern is that if the law is changed, it might lead to too many vehicle owners taking advantage of the situation and leaving their cars overnight in downtown lots.
"I look at this as an opportunity for city council to encourage people to leave their vehicles downtown," Rinaldo told council.
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