Under All That DC Snow, a Lot of Green
District issued more than $1.3M in parking tickets during and after blizzard
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2016 11:37 AM CST
People pitch in to get a DC Metro police car moving again on Saturday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The District of Columbia stands to rake in more than $1 million in one week—all thanks to parking tickets issued during and after last weekend's major East Coast blizzard. In addition to the $1.3 million in tickets issued as of Wednesday afternoon, DC also hit drivers with more than $67,000 in towing fees, per the Washington Post. Officials say the tickets were necessary, since snow emergency routes had to be kept clear, and plows needed cars out of the way so they could clean the streets, NBC Washington reports.

Drivers face $250 tickets, $100 towing charges, and $25-per-day holding fees if they don't come get their cars ASAP (though the Post notes they can fight to have the tickets dismissed). "Don't park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snowbank," DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday, per NBC. Some drivers, however, note they just couldn’t get their cars out from behind the huge piles of snow. "They gave me a $250 ticket just for being snowed in," one irritated driver tells the station.