Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, Palo Alto police will have the ability to restrict illegal car sales on El Camino Real.
Now, people park cars on the Stanford University side of El Camino Real south of Embarcadero Road with "for sale" signs in the car windows.
It is illegal to sell cars parked on state highways, but until Jan. 1 only the California Highway Patrol had the ability to enforce that restriction.
A bill by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, broadens the enforcement power to local police agencies. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger late last week.
Palo Alto Police Sgt. Sandra Brown said the city is preparing to enforce the new law. It's not safe for pedestrians to be looking at parked cars with traffic moving on El Camino Real, she said.