Ticketing and towing underway to enforce parking bans

In Holyoke, you can get a $15 ticket, and towing costs $100

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke police officers are driving through every neighborhood of the city, warning drivers to make sure they don’t violate the city’s parking ban. A “Reverse Parking Ban” is currently in effect in Holyoke, meaning that until 9:00 Thursday morning, drivers may not park on the even side of any city street.

Just as soon as Officer Gary Wagner’s siren  started blaring, the people living in near downtown Holyoke quickly moved their illegally parked cars. If they hadn’t, Officer Wagner was ready to ticket them and have them towed, costing them $100 dollars to retrieve their cars. During this storm, Wagner hasn’t written many tickets.

“I think people know the nature of the storm and they’re smart enough to move their cars. They know they’re going to be ticketed and towed if they don’t,” Wagner said.

Drivers told 22News, they’re grateful the warning siren woke them up.

“Losing a little sleep, but I still got my car. I’m not paying one hundred dollars and I get to drive my car away, don’t have to go to the tow yard,” Ryan Racine of Holyoke said.

As soon as the potential parking ban violators had cleared out, the Holyoke Department of Public Works trucks could do their snow removal work.

After hearing the blaring of the warning siren, it usually took potential parking ban violators less than ten minutes to move their cars.

In Springfield, meanwhile, a parking ban also remains in effect; prohibiting parking on the even side of the street from 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M., and on the odd side of the street from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. About 130 cars were ticketed and towed in Springfield on Tuesday, but as of early Wednesday afternoon, no one else had been towed.

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