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Chicago’s night parking ban goes into effect and people are not happy

Chicago’s winter parking ban officially goes into effect and people are not happy

Joanie Lum from FOX 32 reports …

Chicago’s winter parking ban on snow went into effect Wednesday morning.

The parking ban applies to more than 160 kilometers of city streets and threatens drivers with towing and a minimum fine of 235 US dollars.

The restrictions will be enforced from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from December 1 to April 1 regardless of snow, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Individuals ignoring the designated tow area will be required to pay a minimum towing fee of at least $ 150 in addition to a ticket of $ 60 and an initial daily storage fee of $ 25. Towing vehicles are picked up at 10301 S. Doty Avenue or 701 N. Sacramento Boulevard.

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On Wednesday morning, a driver who picked up his towed car in the Sacramento parking lot was clearly frustrated with the ban.

“I don’t like the fact that I’m out of town and you sit up here and tow my car because I sit up here and kick my family to fuck ** money,” he said. “It’s not damn cool. It is not right. It’s not even December 1st, but you’re up here towing my car, so now I have to sit up here and give the state of Chicago to Lightfoot, the mayor. “$ 200 damned dollar to get my car back. There you are damn wrong. “

The bans were introduced after traffic stalled in major snowstorms in 1967 and 1979. According to the city, the ban on parking on “critical streets” ensures that plows and salt trucks can react quickly to winter storms.

The city said motorists can avoid violations by checking road signs. A full map of the affected streets can be found on the city’s website.

There is a separate snow-related parking ban on 500 miles of other roads if there is 5 cm of snow – regardless of the season.

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