Officials warn: Know snow emergency procedures

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2008 - 9:39 PM

The dance of the snowplows, tow trucks and parked cars is poised to begin. Forget the steps at your own risk.

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herdboarNov. 25, 08 8:16 AM

"Streets were made to drive on." My drivers training teacher said that nearly 40 years ago, in reference to on-street parking, and I still agree with him. Clean out your garage, and pull it in. It will start better, be warmer and have clear windows too.

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jackson29Nov. 25, 08 8:29 AM

Yawn...is this the same article from 2007 and 2006 and 2005... It doesn't matter what anyone does. Every year it is the same story..."let's make it easier for people to follow the snow emergencies"...and it never fails that many just don't listen.

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oceansoundsNov. 25, 08 8:34 AM

In places like Uptown most of us don't have access to a garage or off-street parking:(

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ELYMANNov. 25, 08 8:38 AM

they don't tow cars in snowstorms because there is so little room to park throughout the city. Well, somehow, Chicago has survived. The parking Nazis in Minneapolis make living in an apartment, or driving into a business neighborhood like Uptown or Cedar Riverside a nightmare for parkers - both in snow and not. They want to force people into pay lots. Chicago has a heart. The meticulous parking Nazis in Minneapolis do not.

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dudley69Nov. 25, 08 8:45 AM

I lived on Nicollet ave in minneapolis(snow emergency route) for many years-had to park on the street. Not once-never did i get towed because of a snow emergency. How you ask? Easy, when ever it snowed for a couple hours I called the snow emergency hotline (my responsibility) and found out if it was an emergency or not. simple...if the message said it's an emegency i followed the instructions on where to park and viola! no tow. Anybody and i mean ANYBODY who gets towed during a snow emergency is an idiot and gets what they deserve. I love see these b00bs being interviewed at the impound lot complaining how wrong it is that they were towed..."not my fault!" ILOVE IT...cant wait to wach and snicker this year again!

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mnrob32Nov. 25, 08 8:58 AM

A. It's Bush's fault! B. Obama will fix it. C. How can we have snow emergencies with global warming?

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ShpubbaNov. 25, 08 9:04 AM

It's all a scam to raise money for the city anyway. I'm sure the tow truck nazis provide some healthy kickbacks as well.

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funnguyNov. 25, 08 9:49 AM

is used like it's a running joke on the strib posts. Dilute it enough and it means nothing.

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stymes01Nov. 25, 08 9:56 AM

Correct me if I am wrong but I dont think the City really makes any money on the tows? I think the contracts they have with the tow companies takes almost all the cost of getting your car back. I know when a friend of mine got towed from a lot in the summer the tow company charged way more than the city does in the winter.

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mn_cameraNov. 25, 08 9:59 AM

Your car would get towed - to some open (shopping center?) parking lot somewhere. No impound fee, you'd just have the joy of searching for it. And the streets would (eventually) get cleared. I suspect they're doing it differently there as well, now.

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