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BOSTON (CBS) — City officials in Boston are defending their policy of ticketing cars parked too far from the curb.

People who had parked in Brighton Tuesday night were upset after getting $35 tickets. They said they couldn’t see the curb and had to park somewhere.

The city said Wednesday streets need ten feet of clearance and technically any cars in the way could get a $100 ticket for blocking the path of emergency vehicles.

“It’s all about making sure that that fire truck, ambulance, or police car can get by. And when they can’t and we find that, we have to take action,” said Tom Tinlin, the Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department. “To not enforce something like that, and then have something bad happen, this story would be much bigger and much different.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had said it had issued 11 tickets for people parking too far from the curb.

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