Tow trucks busy on Day 1 of Snow Emergency

9:56 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - They've had a whole winter to brush up on Snow Emergency rules, and yet hundreds of residents in St. Paul and Minneapolis woke up this morning to a cold, hard slap in the face.

Their cars were gone.

Tow truck drivers were busy all night Tuesday into Wednesday, dragging vehicles whose owners either didn't pay attention to the snow emergency parking rules, or mistakenly interpreted them.

Whatever the reason, impound lots in both Minneapolis and St. Paul did brisk business. In Minneapolis, a city spokesperson tells KARE 11 that 797 car owners were ticketed between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and 450 cars and trucks were towed.

Across the river in St. Paul, public works spokesman Dave Hunt says 1,308 tickets were issued and 687 vehicles got the hook.

Add up the cost of a ticket, the subsequent tow and impound fee, and those who were towed overnight had to shell out $200 or more to get their wheels back. And parkers beware: There are two more nights of snow parking regulations to follow.

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