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Winter Parking Ban Goes Into Effect

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Do you know where your car is? For drivers who forgot about Chicago’s winter parking ban the unfortunate answer to that is at the pound.

Year, after year, drivers show up at the impound lot in Humboldt Park to reclaim their cars after waking-up or even leaving the club and realizing their vehicle’s been towed.

It’s a hassle for many to come up with the $230 plus all the documentation to prove the car is theirs.


That ban went into effect at 3 a.m. Sunday. City tow trucks were on stand-by, ready to move the vehicles of dozens of unsuspecting drivers.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation was even towing some cars two at a time.

The winter parking signs are red, white, and blue– with a snowflake. They read: “no parking 3 a-m to 7 a-m…December 1st to April 1st or when snow is over two-inches.”

Those signs are up along 107 miles of City streets to make room for snow plows even if there’s no snow on the ground.

“Basically we got here in the nick of time. We saw the tow trucks, and basically it was just good luck, you know,” said Mike Taylor.

239 cars were towed Sunday morning. The City towed 301 on the first day of the parking ban last year.

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