Prairie Village police set to enforce no-parking zone outside Babick Christmas display

Take heed: the no-parking zones outside of Mike Babick's house will be enforced more strictly.

If you can’t resist the temptation to park right out in front of Mike Babick’s Christmas lights display, don’t be surprised if you get an early present from the police department: a ticket.

Capt. Tim Schwarzkopf told the Prairie Village city council Monday that the department had seen a number of people violating the temporary no-parking zones the city installed to mitigate the disturbance to Babick’s neighbors, and was prepared to start enforcing them.

“I’ve had a few officers report to me that they’ve seen people parking in the areas that have been blocked off,” Schwarzkopf said. “They asked me, ‘Should we start writing tickets?’ And I said, ‘Yes.'”

More stringent enforcement of the no-parking zones near Babick’s house was one of the tactics police had agreed on with neighbors as a way to make the traffic generated by the popular display less inconvenient. But, Schwarzkopf said, Babick’s neighbors will have to adhere to the parking restrictions as well.

“I heard of one neighbor who was parking in the no-parking zone so he could make sure others wouldn’t park there,” he said. “That doesn’t work, either.”