WILMINGTON -- Classes at UNC-Wilmington start Wednesday and that means you can expect many more cars on the road. Wednesday is the first day of class for nearly 12,000 students enrolled this semester at UNCW. And for first-year students who are still learning the campus, where to park may be confusing. The parking services director says there are more people on campus than normal during the beginning of the semester because they have to get a parking decal, an eating plan and have their IDs made. So the parking office gives students a break at the beginning of the year. UNCW Auxiliary Services Director Dick Fauson said, "So we give them basically two days to get themselves organized and settled into a schedule and then we start to enforce our parking regulations at the university." The director says traffic and congestion should ease up in about two weeks once students get used to their schedule and find their way around campus. "Quite often if it's a brand new student we will forgive that first ticket. We talk to them in the office and get them straight as to where they're supposed to be parking," Fauson said. The parking offices director says new students may park in the wrong zone and be given a ticket in the next few weeks, but they can appeal and try to get out of paying for the ticket. But until that happens, if you drive anywhere around campus, the director says you need to leave at least 15 minutes early.
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