D.C. banks $180K in snow emergency fines

WASHINGTON – Drivers who ignored snow emergency signs and parked their cars anyway during last week’s major winter storm may have learned an expensive lesson.

On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12, a snow emergency went into effect, limiting the number of legal parking spaces available in the city. That lasted for 24 hours.

“It is $250 for a snow emergency violation,” says Linda Grant, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Public Works. “We ticketed about 650 vehicles, of that, 214 were towed.”

Tow fines are $100.

That means drivers were fined a total of more than $180,000 during the snow emergency.

The city may use that money to help cover sizable snow removal costs this year, though that would be up to the mayor.

“The snow removal budget is $6.2 million,” explains Grant. “We know that we are over that budget.”

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