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Emergency Snow Parking Fines to Double in the Winter

Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- If you're parked on the wrong side of the street during a snow emergency this winter, you're going to have to pay fifty dollars, that's twice as much as last year for the first offense.

The sun may be shining, the grass still green, and a couple of leaves still clinging to the trees, but sooner or later, it'll be winter.

"This plow is only 10 feet," said Josh Herber. Herber's a snow plow driver for Omaha. He's been plowing the streets for four years.  To him, snow is a good thing, "I've always liked it."

While some others may disagree with Herber, there is one thing they can agree on. "Sometimes the trucks can't fit down the streets," said Herber.

That's why Omaha City official said they're going to give more tickets for parking violations during a snow emergency this year.  Instead of paying $25 for the first offense, violators will have to pay $50.

 The Mayor's office said this is to help keep the streets clear for the plows, and Herber said that's the most important thing for him to get his job done. "I was in one accident where it was hard packed snow, and I was plowing between two cars," remembered Herber.  "In that case, if the cars weren't parked on both side of the street an accident wouldn't have occurred."

 City officials said, when they declare a snow emergency, park on the odd side of the street on odd calendar days and park on the even side of the street on even calendar days. This restriction applies to all streets east of 72nd.

The city also has a smart phone application that will give updates if a ‘Snow Emergency' is declared.

To download the application, head to the City's Website.

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