Washington D.C. has issued $1,078,000 in parking tickets since the weekend blizzard ended despite cars, city streets, parking spots and sidewalks still buried in snow.
“Don’t park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snow bank,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday.
Residents of D.C. are outraged however, with the city’s slow and confusing cleanup response leaving important roads unplowed and covering up previously shoveled cars and sidewalks. People who simply cannot get their car out of the mountains of snow around the city are facing fines ranging from $100 to $250, including the expense of towing, reports NBC Washington. (RELATED: D.C. Blows Budget On Blizzard Cleanup, Mayor Says People Are Happy With Government Response)
“They gave me a $250 ticket just for being snowed in,” driver Danielle Smith told NBC Washington. “I couldn’t get no help.”
Residents who find their cars towed also face a daily fine of $25 until they pick their cars up. So far the city has towed 656 vehicles at owner’s expense and doled out $65,600 in fines, reports The Daily Beast. The snow emergency issued by D.C. will officially end at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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