Traffic and Parking Violations and Fines
Persons found to be in violation of any parking regulation on campus will be cited for those violations and issued a campus parking citation. Those fines will be assessed by the Campus Police Department and one citation may contain multiple violations.
Upon receipt of a parking citation, individuals must contact the Central Texas College Police Department, Building 137, by the due date on the front of the citation to make arrangements to pay the fine or submit a written appeal. Failure to pay parking fines may prevent a person(s) from registering for classes, receiving copies of transcripts or financial aid until their financial obligation is met.
The following parking violations will be assessed a fine of $25.00 for each violation cited on a campus parking citation, except a campus citation for parked in a handicapped space which is a $50.00 fine (this is not an all-inclusive list):
- Parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
- Parked in red/fire zone
- Parked in a loading zone
- Parked blocking driveway or thoroughfare
- Improper/unsafe parking
- Parked left wheel to curb
- Parked in a reserved parking space
- Parked blocking a handicapped ramp
- Parked in a handicapped space (without proper authorization displayed)
- Parked in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk
- Parked within 20 feet of an intersection
- Parked outside lines provided
- Parked in an Official Use Only space
- Parked on the grass or landscaping
- Fail to display parking permit
- Improper permit display
Speed limits on campus vary and are posted accordingly. Speed limits in all parking lots shall not exceed 10 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour on any campus roadway. Campus Police vehicles are equipped with operational speed detection devices (radar) and speeding citations are issued as warranted.
A student, staff member, visitor or guest who violates a posted speed limit on campus may be issued a campus speeding citation and assessed a fine of $25.00 plus $1.00-per-mile for each mile in excess of the authorized speed limit.
Speeding violations in excess of 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit may be referred to the applicable Justice of the Peace court for disposition and fines vary by jurisdiction.
Individuals accumulating three (3) or more campus citations in an academic year may be subject to disciplinary action. Continued parking offenses can lead to suspension of campus driving privileges and may result in dismissal from college. Referrals for repeated campus citations are forwarded to the Director of Student Life and Activities for disciplinary review.
When a person is charged with a violation of any provision of the campus parking/driving regulations, proof that the vehicle was, on the date of the offense, bearing a valid campus parking permit is direct evidence that the holder of the permit, vehicle operator or vehicle owner received the citation and committed the violation.
If the individual has the same family name or home address as the registered owner of a vehicle for which a campus citation has been issued, the citation and accompanying violation charges will be recorded in the individual’s name. In the case of multiple people residing at the same address using a vehicle registered under that name or address, all names associated with that address will be cross-referenced to the same citation and all associated names will be held financially accountable until payment for the fine is settled.
Unpaid charges for parking violations are recorded in either:
- The name of the person who the parking permit was issued to;
- The name of the previous parking permit owner/registrant;
- The name of the person who has previously paid parking citation charges on the vehicle;
- The registered owner or driver; or
- Any combination of the above.
Unpaid parking charges result in a hold being placed on the individual’s CTC business records and prevents further course registration, issuance of transcripts, processing of financial aid disbursements and possibly other associated business venues.
Appeal Process (Campus Citation Only): If a person receives a citation and believes it is unwarranted, he/she may enter a plea of Not Guilty at the Central Texas College Police Department, Building 137, and submit a written appeal by filling out an appeal form. Appeals must be requested in person by the "appear by" date written on the front of the citation. All appeals will be reviewed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee for disposition. If a citation is upheld at the initial appeal level, students have the right to further appeal the citation to the Director of Student Life & Activities. The student must first request a further appeal review in writing at the Office of the Campus Police. The Director of Student Life & Activities makes the final decision for campus citations issued to students. Employees have the right to further appeal any campus parking citation to the Director, Facilities Management Division, if the initial appeal is not granted. The Director makes the final decision for campus citations issued to employees.
If an appeal for a campus parking citation is not submitted within the above prescribed time or by the “Appear By Date” on the citation, the citation recipient loses all rights to appeal the citation and a guilty verdict is adjudged and fine assessed.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE CITATIONS (STATE LAW VIOLATIONS)
Persons found to be in violation of Texas traffic laws or Class C Misdemeanors on campus will be cited for those violations and issued a Justice of the Peace court citation to the appropriate county (Bell or Coryell) in which the offense occurred. Those fines will be assessed by the applicable judge in the Justice of the Peace court.
Appeal Process (JP Citation Only): Appeals or pleas of not guilty to a Justice of the Peace citation must be presented to the appropriate Justice of the Peace office in the precinct designated on the front of the J.P. citation, not to the campus police department. Failure to respond to a Justice of the Peace citation may result in an arrest warrant issued to the violator for "Failure to Appear".