Snowmageddon 2016: Washington D.C. Gives $1 Million+ in Parking Tickets
The city of Washington, D.C., is taking the snow very seriously. Especially where your car is concerned.
Since the blizzard began last Friday, the District has issued $1,078,000 worth of parking tickets and $65,600 in fines so far. It has towed 656 cars.
The city is under a snow emergency until 6:30 pm Wednesday night and the enforcement officials plan on continuing to tow and issue tickets until that time.
"Don't park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snow bank," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday. Cars should be parked no more than 12 inches from a curb, not a snow bank, or drivers risk a ticket, she said.
What if you can't move your car because it's packed in a block of snow?
But many drivers said they simply couldn't move their cars from emergency routes after the blizzard dropped two feet of snow on the District.
"They gave me a $250 ticket just for being snowed in. I couldn't get no help," driver Danielle Smith said.
The city is still working to clean up the aftermath of the storm. Dropping temperatures this evening are expected to bring a icy road conditions tomorrow.