Omaha police are targeting illegally parked cars. They are trying to send drivers a message...clear the streets before the snow plows come.
Andrew McDermott says so far this winter it's been a nice break from dealing with any snow fall.
After a measurable amount-things on McDermott's block turn nasty, quick. What's worse--drivers have to navigate the hills and dodge abandoned or illegally parked cars.
"When the snow plow's come across and plow those cars in, it puts another three foot distance of trail off against the parked cars in the streets, and it leaves barely enough room for a car to get by."
Omaha Police Officer Michael Pecha explains the department targets and tows cars year round-mostly based off complaints from the Mayor's Action hotline.
Over the past two months, Omaha Police targeted cars that were parked illegally, violating city ordinance or left abandoned, but police say it's part of their big push to winter.
Officer Pecha says, "It is just this time of year, knowing there could be snow on the way that we push a little harder to try and clear up the streets of unlawfully parked cars."
The city wide sweep resulted in more than 430 vehicles tagged, 200 tickets issued for violations and 188 tows.
Owners had 48 hours to move before a truck would come.
McDermott says, "It's necessary to get those cars, despite the cost to undergo to get their vehicles back, it's causing a lot of trouble for other people as well."
City code says no car can remain continuously parked in the same space for more than 48 hours.
Remember there are many parts of town that allow cars to park on both sides.
In case a snow emergency is issued in Omaha, That will no longer be the case.