Omaha’s upgraded snow emergency enforcement began Thursday – to the surprise of dozens of drivers who were apparently unaware of the rules.
Reporter Roseann Moring tagged along with a Public Works crew on the hunt for people who had failed to get their cars out of the path of plows. (For those who have forgotten, you’re supposed to park on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses on even days, and odd side on odd-numbered days.)
Many people seemed to be confused about the idea of parking in areas with no-parking signs. But failing to park under those signs (if it was on the proper side of the street) left many with orange envelopes stuck under their windshield wipers. By 5:30 p.m., 170 cars had been ticketed.
The fine for failing to follow snow emergency rules is $50. The city can also tow improperly parked cars, usually nearby for residential streets and to an impound lot for those stuck on major roads.
The city says it added the rules because residents wanted a solution to long-delayed plows after big storms. But officials said they need more people to play along to make it work.
Said Scott McIntyre, street maintenance engineer: “This is a restriction that was put in place because folks were telling us they wanted this. They need to work with us and be part of this thing.”