City Tows 215 On First Night Of Parking Ban
While the city slept, a fleet of city tow trucks prowled the streets on the first night of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban.
Unfortunately for 215 Chicago motorists, Streets & Sanitation tow truck operators took their car for trip to the auto pound.
This year’s first night tow total is down slightly from last year’s 235 vehicles.
The city has spent the last several weeks trying to get the word out via the media and even spent a few days fliering cars along all 107 miles of the streets impacted by the parking ban. But despite the media push and the permanent signs posted, a few hundred drivers still made a very expensive parking mistake.
“We see the same story every year,” laments Streets & Sanitation spokesperson Matt Smith. “For whatever reason some people just don’t get the message or take a calculated risk they’re not going to be towed. The goal is compliance.”
The tow will cost a motorist $160. Combined with a $50 ticket and the driver is out $210.
Tow trucks will be out in force again for the second night of the winter parking ban which lasts through April 1st.
“Tonight we will probably have the same amount (of tow trucks deployed),” says Smith who reiterates the importance of keeping these important arterial streets clear in case of a major snowstorm. “We’ll continue to tow cars in violation until they get the message.”
If your vehicle has been towed, you can call 311 or log onto the City of Chicago’s tow search website.