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April 12, 1956 — Fine-o-meters are being installed on parking meters in Hood River. Mayor Charley Howe, right, illustrates how a motorist with an over parking violation may conveniently deposit the fine enclosed in the envelope-parking ticket in a fine-o-meter and thus save a trip to the city hall or county courthouse. Six meters are being located in uptown and 10 in downtown. Sergeant F. S. Criswell, writing out a ticket, patrols the meters. Ed Miller, left, is chairman of the city’s police committee which recommended the installation of the fine-o-meters as a public courtesy. Chief Francis Woolston reminds that a 50-cent fine is charged for over parking so long as it is paid within 24 hours. After that, the violation is $1.25.

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