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Glenwood police: Don’t let cars get stuck parked in snow on city streets

Pete Fowler
pfowler@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Terry Wilson hopes people will be courteous to their neighbors by not letting cars become ensconced in snow on city streets.

Unmoved vehicles encrusted in snow and ice make it difficult for snowplow crews to clear the streets and remove wind rows and snow berms. Plus, it’s illegal to leave a car parked in the same spot on any city street for 72 hours or more, said Wilson, the Glenwood Springs police chief. Vehicles must also be licensed, insured and operable.

“The more people can do to put cars in driveways and get cars off the streets, the better it helps the street crews. We’d appreciate any help we can get,” Wilson said, adding later, “People wind up with their cars basically swamped in with what the snowplows leave behind.”



Police will be fairly aggressive in towing vehicles that fail to obey the 72-hour limit, Wilson said.

The city impound lot was just cleared of heavy snow and is ready to store towed vehicles.



“It’s just wide open now and itching for business,” Wilson said.

Norm Shroll, a Glenwood Springs resident, said in a letter to the editor printed Tuesday, “When you leave a car in the street, it is impossible for the snowplow trucks to get close to the curb. Snow melts and freezes to the point you can’t do anything with it. Be a little more considerate of your neighbors.”

In the letter, Shroll also thanked the police for tagging unmoved vehicles on Center Drive, and he called out the West Glenwood Springs Post Office Annex for allegedly failing to clear its sidewalks of snow.

Wilson said police started “red-tagging” unmoved vehicles parked on city streets on Monday. He said unmoved vehicles blocking plows from getting close to the curbs can become a safety issue, especially as routes to and from schools start to see heavier use when school goes back in session after the holiday break.

Wilson also encourages people to take care of their sidewalks by clearing them of snow and ice within 24 hours of any snowfall, as is required by law. He said no tickets have been issued for sidewalk snow violations yet this winter.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

pfowler@postindependent.com


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