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Police Issue 248 Tickets

February 2, 2011, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Police Issue 248 Tickets
In the wake of this week's snow storm, there's been a blizzard of tickets written in Sioux Falls.

Since Monday night, police have cited 248 people for leaving their vehicles on the streets; 18 of those were towed.

And no matter how much advance warning people get to get their cars off the streets, some still aren't getting the message.

Move it or lose it, that's what's happening to car owners this week who don't obey the city's snow alert. 

"It's no surprise it happen every snow i don't know why because we give plenty of notice and they know if we get a couple of inches of snow they need to get their vehicles off the street," Sioux Falls police officer Dennis Pottebaum said. 

"I think this is number nine," Francis Ramm of East Gate Towing said. 

Ramm has been hooking up and hauling away all day, but he says that's nothing new.

"They just let them sit. I don't know why. All the years we've done it. Same thing every year," Ramm said.

Police also have a hard time understanding. 

"For the most part once winter sets in people are pretty good about it after the initial one. But for whatever reasons during the wintertime people get a little lax and I don't know if the cold weather contributed to that, that people didn't want to go out and move their car," Sioux Falls police officer Sam Clemens said. 

Police say the problem is once this vehicle gets towed, it creates a bump out of snow and that becomes a safety hazard. 

"It's a hazard for vehicles that go up and down the street, emergency vehicles and people meeting each other," Pottebaum said.

So police say when it snows more than two inches, move your vehicles or they'll get guys like Ramm to move them for you and that's an expensive lesson.

If you're ticketed it'll cost you $35. If it gets towed it'll cost you another $120 dollars to get your vehicle back.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Sioux Falls police corrected the number of tickets given out as of Wednesday morning. The number is 248, not 748 as first reported.

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