DC’s city government doled out parking tickets totaling $1,078,000; along with 65,600 in various violations, and have towed 656 vehicles since Winter Storm Jonas came barreling in last Friday.
And as per-the-course, vehicles are being towed at the owners’ expense, with offenses ranging from $250 tickets, $100 tow charges and a $25-per-day fee.
DC used the storm to show it was serious about enforcing the parking bans in snow emergency routes; during times of emergency.
City work crews are playing catch up curb to curb, and vehicles parked illegally are simply in the way. On Wednesday, federal workers retuned to work, and DC Public School kids returned to class. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has been adamant about residents, visitors, and tourists alike, to NOT park illegally
For those residents who managed to move their vehicle prior to the storm and now are concerned about not having a parking spot, the question remains: If a person spends their hard work shoveling snow from around their car, can they save that spot for themselves? Both Bowser and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier have been vocal about residents not having the legal right or authority to place objects in empty parking spots for themselves.
Diane Warren, who lives in Columbia Heights, believes that residents should have the authority to save a spot then the big house clearing. She says she worked for about two hours clearing a spot for herself, and then another hour helping an elderly person shovel.
DC resident Clyde Simmons was mad he got a ticket, although he couldn’t get his car out of the two feet of snow surrounding it.
“I’m mad,” he said, “because these people gave me a ticket, and I couldn’t even get my car out of the packed snow around it. My car didn’t get towed, but I got a $250.00 ticket.”
Another resident, Wallace Graves doesn’t feel bad for people like Simmons.
“People were aware of where they were parking prior to the snow arrives so I have no sympathy for the people who parked in a snow emergency route,” he said.
While the issue has not become extremely dangerous in the District of Columbia, in Boston a man was shot. The Boston Police Department still doesn’t have the suspect in custody. According to witnesses, a man moved a space saver and parked his car, and shortly afterwards, the man who placed the space saver originally returned, a argument ensued and that man (who placed the space saver) shot the second man (person who moved the space saver).
And Bower wants business owners to clear snow and ice off the sidewalks I front of their businesses.
“We will begin to enforce the commercial sidewalk snow-clearing provisions of the law, so you must get out and remove snow from your sidewalks immediately,” she told business owners.
Check here to learn what to do if your car was towed.