RACINE — City of Racine police issued over 200 tickets and towed approximately 48 vehicles related to the snow emergency that went from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
Racine received approximately 7 inches of snow throughout the day Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan. In order to help clear that snow from the streets the city called a snow emergency.
During a snow emergency, no parking is allowed on either side of arterial streets and vehicles are limited to parking on one side of local streets, with the side varying depending what day of the week it is. For instance, there is no parking on the odd side if the emergency is declared on an odd numbered day.
But not everyone abides by the rules and they end up paying the price.
Second shift patrol who work from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. issued approximately 50 tickets and towed 26 cars, according to Sgt. Jessie Metoyer of the Racine Police Department.
Then third shift officers who worked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. issued another 177 citations and towed 22 vehicles, Metoyer said.
Snow emergency tickets are $25, Metoyer said, and the city’s towing fee is a flat $75. But the price can go up if special equipment is needed, Metoyer said. Also, there is a $20 per day storage fee for every day the vehicle is not picked up. Drivers are not charged for the day the car is towed or the day it is picked up, but they are charged for every day in between, according to Racine Police staff.
The reason more tickets were issued than people towed is that some people move their vehicles before a tow truck comes, Metoyer said.
“We would certainly prefer for them to just move it. We don’t want to tow the cars,” Metoyer said. But she said many cars have to be towed, “in order to clear off the roads so people can drive safe.”
Racine snow emergency at a glance
227: Estimated snow emergency tickets issued
48: Vehicles towed because of snow emergency
$25: cost of snow emergency ticket
$75: Cost of a tow
Source: Racine Police Department