Cedarhurst parking meters irk drivers, business owners

New, high-tech parking meters in the village of Cedarhurst are proving to be irksome for some drivers and business owners.

The meters feature touch screens and cameras that take photos of license plates.

The meters feature touch screens and cameras that take photos of license plates. (5/11/16)

CEDARHURST - New, high-tech parking meters in the village of Cedarhurst are proving to be irksome for some drivers and business owners.

The 225 recently installed meters feature touch screens and cameras that take photos of license plates. It also accepts credit cards, coins or the use of an app as payment.

Some residents are giving the new meters the thumbs up; others call them a glitchy hassle.

David Bodenheim, who works in the area, says he must constantly move his car because the meters only allow a vehicle to park for a maximum of four hours.

However, village Mayor Benjamin Weinstock is thrilled with the new meters. He says in the past, some residents would leave their cars parked on the street all day or even ignore the meters and not pay. Now with cameras installed, Weinstock says there is less of a chance for people to beat getting a ticket.  

What impresses the mayor most about the meters is the app that residents can download, linking them with their meter. It sends a receipt upon payment, will send out a warning 15 minutes before the meter expires and will even help drivers find their cars. The meters also give drivers making quick stops five minutes for free.

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