The Camden and Rockport Police Departments issued a winter parking ban reminder Jan. 18 and recommended plans for proper and safe parking of vehicles be followed in advance of a major snowstorm predicted to hit the Midcoast the evening of Jan. 19.

The town of Camden overnight parking ban is currently in effect, and runs through April 1. Parking restrictions include a ban on leaving vehicles for more than 30 minutes on any Camden street between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m.

The town of Rockport parking ban is also in effect and extends through April 15. All on-street and highway parking is prohibited from midnight to 6 a.m.

“A violation can earn the registered vehicle owner a parking ticket and if it is determined the parked vehicle is impeding and interfering with snow removal, it is subject to towing at the owner’s expense," Police Chief Randy Gagne said.

“With the impending storm beginning on Saturday and forecasted to go through the day on Sunday, both Camden and Rockport Police and Public Works departments will be out in force," he said.

"This reminder is being made to make our town’s roadways and parking areas safe for everyone. We ask that you do your part in helping by finding alternative parking until the storm diminishes."

Gagne encouraged everyone to stay off the roads during this major storm event, as snow is forecast to accumulate at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour.

"Staying off the roadways not only makes it safer for you, but those who are working hard to clear the roadways and parking lots," he said.

In case of emergency during this time, dial 911 or 236-3030 to speak with the Knox County Regional Communication Center.