violators last year, according to PPD’s Sgt. Howard Leeming.

PPD Sgt. Bill Playter said he doubts parking enforcement will change despite the newly set fine. Lots, primarily those downtown, are given walkthroughs during which tires are marked, but only when officers are available.

“It’s kind of intermittent,” he said. “They’re not regularly checked, but they are checked.”

The council also approved a hefty increase to infractions given to infractors of bicycle helmet codes. It is illegal in Poulsbo for any person 18 years of age or younger to ride a bicycle within city limits without wearing a certified protective helmet. Violators will now face a $124 fine — a $99 jump from the original $25 which Stern deemed immoderately steep.

“We’re primarily talking about children and this just seems excessive in the extreme,” he said.

The $124 was approved, though both Bremerton and Port Orchard helmet fines are not to exceed $25, Bainbridge Island’s are not to exceed $10.

Leeming pointed out that of the $124, $70 is collected by the state, and a lower fine could leave the city losing money on each citation.

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