Warner Robins Parking Ordinance Raises Questions | News
Warner Robins council members recently passed an ordinance banning heavy vehicles from parking for more than two hours on commercial property.
"There's lots and lots of truckers out there, most of the time it's full," says Sherry Bass.
"I've generally seen several truckers parking there at night I assume sleeping and such, but I haven't seen any safety hazards," explains Sam Smith.
Both Sherry Bass and Sam Smith work in the old Winn Dixie shopping center off of Highway 96, and say the lot typically fills up before the weekend.
Both say they've seen more than twenty tractor trailers parked at a time.
Smith says he doesn't consider the parking situation a safety hazard, but Bass disagrees.
"I wouldn't feel safe about my daughter walking around out there at night. You know you don't ever know. Truckers are good people I'm sure, but just like any other walk of life you know you probably have a bad element." says Bass.
13WMAZ asked each business what activity they've seen in the lots. Most decline to go on camera, but did say the street lights do not work on the far end of the parking lot and the trucks double park, creating a hazard.
At least one neighbor suspects that prostitutes are doing business with the truckers, and several described scantily clothed women walking back and forth from a nearby apartment complex and getting into trucks.
The ordinance passed by council prohibits any trucker from sleeping, camping or parking overnight in loading zones, loading docks or a parking lot.
Trucks who park for longer than two hours will be towed.
Warner Robins council members said the ordinance was based on complaints from residents.
We asked businesses in the immediate area, none of them claimed to have made the complaint.
13WMAZ filed an open records request with the city to find out how many complaints were filed and what residents specifically complained about.