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Night Two Of Winter Parking Ban Towing Less Prolific But Still A Good Haul

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 2, 2009 7:00PM

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With the impressive first day numbers of towing in regards to the city's winter parking ban - which went into effect in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - all eyes were on how many cars would be towed in night two. While numbers were down, as expected, it was still an impressive haul with 164 more cars towed, bringing the two-day total to just shy of 400 total cars. That breaks down to almost 50 towed per hour (the ban is in effect from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. each night) and almost 4 cars per each of the 107 miles in the ban zone. And with a minimum of $200 in fees for each car ($50 ticket plus minimum of $150 towing fee), that's at least $79,600 for the city so far.

The number is still above night two stats from '07 and '08, according to the Parking Ticket Geek, which also reports that last night's haul nearly equaled last year's first night haul. Of course, the numbers will dwindle as the city's drivers continue to catch on, and while the money is a drop in the bucket for a city facing a budget gap totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars, $80,000 is a good haul for the first eight hours of the ban and signals that the city, more than ever, means business for enforcement.