Parking ban violators, abandoned cars causing problems

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It took a tow truck operator the better part of an hour to pull a car out of a parking space on Terrence Street in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood Wednesday. And the car wasn’t illegally parked; it’s an abandoned car and had been there who knows how long, causing a bottleneck.

“Can’t get emergency vehicles down, fire trucks are getting stuck all over the place,” Springfield Police Officer Mark Kenney said. “It’s jammed between cars.”

Furing the past two days, Springfield Police Officer William Witherspoon has written 60 parking violation tickets. By the time the driver pays the ticket, and what it costs to tow and retrieve his car, it’s a more than $100 expense.

Officer Witherspoon said many drivers don’t understand the parking ban.

“A lot of times they just think its for one day, they don’t realize how much more the parking ban lasts. Some people think when the snow’s plowed they’re all set,” Witherspoon said.

With more snow on the way for Thursday, police cannot say for certain just how long the parking ban on odd sides of the street during the day and no parking on the even side at night will stay in effect.

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