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Licence plate left behind after vehicle takes out no-parking sign
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A driver appears to have lost a licence plate after knocking down a no-parking sign sometime on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

The sign and licence plate were discovered at the corner of King and John streets in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Local resident Stephanie Tribe posted the photo on NOTL's Facebook groups.

"Good thing we have police in NOTL," she wrote sarcastically. "At least there's time to go back and grab your plate the next day."

When contacted by a reporter, Tribe said the plate was still there Saturday. Others noted the plate was still on the ground on Sunday.

Niagara Regional Police spokesperson Const. Phil Gavin said no one reported the incident to police.

"We don’t have any calls for a damaged parking sign," Gavin said in response to questions from The Lake Report.

If it had been reported, the "likely investigative step would be for the officer to track down the licence plate owner," he said.

An officer would have to determine that the plate is from the vehicle responsible for the collision in order to lay a charge.

He couldn't say how common this type of incident is.

"Knocked over signs are often reported to and fixed by the local town/city. Sometimes never notifying the police."

Niagara-on-the-Lake paid $13,388,198 in 2020 for Niagara Regional Police Services, 8.7 per cent of the region's police budget.

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