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New Sixth Street parking restrictions now in effect

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New parking restrictions went into effect at 9 p.m. Thursday night for east 6th Street.

Police hope fewer cars in Austin's entertainment district will lower the number of drunk driving crashes and collisions with pedestrians.

The changes are a response to safety concerns raised by community members.

Sixth Street is Austin's entertainment district and we get a huge influx of visitors downtown, most of which have been drinking.

Another challenge, is the number of people trying to drive through the crowded streets, especially on weekends.

Signs with new parking parameters were installed this week and towing started Thursday at 9 p.m.

If your car is parked during restricted hours, it will be towed by Southside Wrecker, Incorporated.

Effective May 15th, parking is restricted on 6th Street, between Red River and Brazos, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. The parking restrictions run on the busiest nights downtown, Thursday night through Sunday morning.

As soon as your car rolls into the lot, it's going to cost you about $172 to get it back. Normally, you'd have to pay closer to $194. Southside Wrecker Inc. has a deal with the city, so you get one free day of storage.

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