Icy car towed? Here’s why and how to get it back


EASTBOUND AND FROM HIGHWAY 217. DAN: SO MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T COME TO WORK. IF YOU ABANDONED YOUR CAR AND HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP YET THE BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION WILL TOW IT AWAY. JENNIFER: IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA. OUR TIM BECKER WITH MORE. TIM. TIM: SEEMS LIKE IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME WE GET THIS ICY WEATHER, DOESN’T IT? PEOPLE TRY DRIVING UP THE HILL BEHIND ME. THEY END UP GETTING STUCK AND THEY JUST PARK IT RIGHT THERE OR MAYBE THEY’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO PULL IT BACK OVER TO THE SIDE AND THEN THEY WALK AWAY FROM THAT. I FOUND OUT THAT DOING THAT CAN HIT YOU PRETTY HARD IN THE WALLET. THESE ABANDONED VEHICLES ARE REALLY A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE THAT REALLY SERIOUSLY. TIM: WHAT OFTEN STARTS SOMETHING LIKE THIS OR LIKE THIS — THIS IS ICE NOW AND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU’RE FRIEND, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DRIVE — TIM: CAN END UP JUST LIKE THIS DON’T BECOME THAT PERSON THAT’S BLOCKING TRAFFIC, THAT’S BLOCKING SNOW PLOWS AND SNOW TRUCKS. DYLAN RIVERA TELLS ME TOWING ONLY HAPPENS AFTER ABANDONED CARS ARE GIVEN TICKETS IN WINTER CONDITIONS. THEY TARGET CARS BLOCKING TRAVEL LANES OR EVEN THOSE PULLED OVER IF THEY’RE ALONG BUSY STREETS AND SNOW PLOW ROUTES. MOST FOLKS WOULD GET A CITATION FOR PREVENTING FREE PASSAGE. THAT’S $80 IS THE BAIL AMOUNT FOR THAT. TIM: TACK ON $80 OF THE CITY OF $120. IT’S STEP ONE TO RECOVERING YOUR RIDE. YOU’LL WANT TO CALL THE POLICE AUTO RECORDS TOWING HOT LINE AT 503, 543-0044. GIVE THEM YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE. THEY CAN TELL YOU HOW TO RECOVER YOUR VEHICLE. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO FIND OUT SOME INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE CITATIONS ARE AND WHAT THE STORAGE FEES WOULD BE. TIM: HOW ABOUT A LITTLE EXTRA COST TO THE WHOLE SITUATION. THE FIRST FOUR HOURS AFTER THAT — THE FIRST FOUR HOURS ELAPSES, A TOW COMPANY CAN START CHARGING YOU $25 STORAGE FEE. IF YOU GET YOUR CAR TOWED YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ACT FAST. 503-823-0044. WE PUT THAT ON OUR WEBSITE AS WELL.

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