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TUSTIN : Ban on Sleeping in Cars at Night OKd

The City Council has tentatively approved an ordinance that prohibits people from sleeping in parked vehicles between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The proposed law is modeled after one enacted by the city of Irvine.

“Every city that I know has it,” said Councilman Jim Potts, who is a sergeant with the Irvine Police Department. “I was shocked that we didn’t have it.”

Potts said he requested the new law after hearing complaints recently about a man who was sleeping in a disabled car that had been towed to a residential cul de sac.

“He stayed in his car for four or five days,” Potts said. “You can’t expect residents to put up with that.”

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The new law, approved by a 5-0 vote on its first reading Monday, would not apply to people sleeping in campers, motor coaches or motor vans parked in trailer courts or campsites within the city.

Final approval of the ordinance is expected at the Sept. 6 council meeting.


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