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The most ticketed streets in Houston: Towing and parking ticket hotspots emerge in new data

The most ticketed streets in Houston: Towing & parking ticket hotspots

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According to data from Houston's Parking Management Department, three of the city's streets are hot spots for parking tickets. Photo courtesy of

Watch out, Houston drivers. Data from the city's Parking Management Division reveals that three streets in Houston are hotspots for parking tickets.

Coming in third, Travis Street in downtown Houston sees 3,800 parking citations issued on it each year . Caroline Street from Franklin to Hermann Park came in second with 4,500 tickets handed out a year.

 Houston's towing hot spots are Lillian Street, California Street and the 2500 block of Bagby. 

So what's the worst street in the city for parking tickets? According to recent data, Texas Avenue from the Theater District to just past the BBVA Compass Stadium shows the highest concentration of parking citations with a whopping 6,400 issued each year in that area.

Houston's towing hot spots are Lillian Street, California Street and the 2500 block of Bagby. It's no surprise that these streets are located in the city's hottest bar areas of Washington Avenue, Montrose and Midtown.

Tickets cost $30 for an expired meter and $70 for parking in a no parking zone. If a car is towed, it costs about $200 to retrieve it in addition to a $70 ticket.

Parking officials highly advise that drivers pay close attention to posted tow away signs. Parking meters let drivers know if payment is required to park at certain times of the day.

"Just hit OK and if it says, 'No payment required,' you can walk away," Maria Irshad, assistant director of Parking Management for the City of Houston, tells KHOU Ch. 11.

The only day with guaranteed free parking in metered spaces downtown is Sunday.

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