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547 Tickets Issued For Snow Alert Violations

December 5, 2013, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

547 Tickets Issued For Snow Alert Violations
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Removing snow from the roads is most effective when the roads themselves are clear of traffic. If there are cars parked on a snow removal route, those cars will surely see a ticket under the wiper blade.

Officer Cynthia Holmquest tries to stay ahead of the plows and the parking violators.

"They're going down the streets and coming back up and I actually haven't been able to stay ahead of the plows once I got to this street," Holmquest said.

Lucas Evjan woke up Thursday morning to find a ticket on his windshield, one of 547 written from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.

He moved to Sioux Falls from La Crosse, Wisconsin and is still trying to get out of some previous winter-living habits.

"You had to park on the even side of the street, if your house was an even number and the odd side of the street on odd days. So everyone just knew that's where you had to be on even and odd days once the winter months came around," Evjan said.

Yet, that's not how it's done in Sioux Falls. As a result, he now has to pay a $35 fine.

"It kind of stinks if you don't have a driveway, I'll say that, because my driveway is pretty small and my car won't fit in there and I have two cars and just a one-stall garage," Evjan said.

Evjan isn't the only one holding a ticket today, but chances are, he and the others will now better understand the consequences of not removing their vehicle off the road.

"They need to get it moved within the next 24 hours or it could get towed," Holmquest said.

Evjan will pay the fine, and says he'll simply have to get used to the new rules of his new city.

"It's probably a little harsh. I guess I didn't follow the rules, so I guess I deserved a ticket, but $35 is probably a bit much," Evjan said.

The plows are still out and the tickets are still being written. The number of tickets issued Thursday afternoon won't be known until Friday.

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