SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Entire blocks of parked cars could be seen with orange tickets, and wreckers were pulling some out of the snow banks to make way for the plows.
Some unlucky drivers came out to find an orange ticket sticking out of what looked like a snow bank during the recent winter snow storm.
Carlos Igartoa told 22News he wakes up early to move his car down the street during snow storms all season. He said, “Every snow storm you got to. First of all they plow the streets so they stick your car in and you got to unplowed it and you got to get it out so it’s just horrible, horrible weather.”
Whenever there’s severe weather, and a parking ban is issued in the City of Springfield, there’s no parking on the even side from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and no parking on the odd side from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Springfield Police are sent out to enforce the ban, and they are sometimes followed closely by tow trucks. It’s to help the city’s plow trucks clear the roads before the snow and slush freezes up.
However, some residents say there has to be a better tactic. Regina Gillis of Springfield said, “I just think there’s got to be a better way to do it and I don’t know what that better way is. This doesn’t seem like a main street. I think main streets it should definitely apply. Side streets they should be a little bit more compassionate about the rules and regulations.”
The Springfield Police Ordinance Unit will be out Wednesday issuing ordinance violations for sidewalks that are not shoveled.