Winter rolls in and so do the parking tickets

PORTLAND – The first big snow storm of the season hit Maine this past week and, according to the National Weather Service, two-thirds of the state is now covered with more than 16 inches of the white stuff. But hang on, more is on the way.

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The other sure sign of winter is the number of overnight parking bans and the soon-to-be-full alternate parking lots. The city of Portland alone has to clear 320 miles of roads each time there is a storm.

Cars that are left overnight on the streets, once a ban has been announced, are quickly towed to an impound lot, and it’s not inexpensive.

The cost to retrieve a vehicle, after fines and fees, average about $250, and yes, in the state’s most populated city, 72 vehicles were ticketed and towed during the last storm.

David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at www.BrysonTaylorPublishing.com