Police departments consider not chalking tires after Midwest ruling

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Some police departments in the Hudson Valley are reevaluating the practice of chalking tires after a Midwest federal appeals court ruled it unconstitutional.

Parking officers would enforce parking limits by marking tires with chalk. If that driver received a ticket, it's because they did not follow the parking limits.

The court said that the chalk is essentially a tracking device and says it is unconstitutional if officers do not have a warrant.

The ruling doesn't directly affect New York, just four states in the Midwest.

Some residents agree with the ruling, saying a car is someone's property, and chalking tires is an invasion of privacy.

The New Rochelle Police Department acknowledged that they do chalk on some streets without parking meters, but told News 12 they have put a hold on chalking for now and will look at ways to electronically mark a parked car.

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