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Parking ‘crackdown’ draws criticism: New downtown initiative could encourage drunk driving, opponents say

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BEMIDJI — New rules for Bemidji’s downtown parking lots are raising concerns the “crackdown” on cars staying the night may lead to more drunk driving.

The city-owned lots are now closed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m, whereas before the ban extended only to cars parking for more than several hours at a time without a permit.

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