LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Whenever snow falls, the city works to remove the snow from the streets; that's why alternate side parking rules are in effect.
When there's a heavy snow, there's a greater urgency to remove it.
La Crosse implemented an ordinance called the Snow Disposal Period to help.
It's a 48-hour period, from 1:00 to 6:00 a.m., where parking fines are tripled.
You can receive another ticket for each additional hour you're parked on the wrong side of the road or be towed away.
Friday was the first morning of the Snow Disposal Period; Dale Hexom, Director of Public Works, said 80-percent of people parked on the correct side of the road.
The police department ticketed 136 cars this morning and two were towed away.
They said they tried calling the registered owners before towing, but cars weren't moved so they had to tow them out of the snow plows' way.
Police Department said they could have towed more, but wrote tickets instead.
Saturday morning, they said they'll be stricter because it's the end of the 48-hour Snow Disposal Period.
"When a car or a series of cars are parked on the wrong side of the street that means the plow has to swerve around those cars and leave what can be a significant amount of snow left on that side of the street which then causes problems for people coming back in the next morning wanting to park," Hexom said.
Snow Disposal rules apply to the entire city, but they're paying particular attention to areas around the college campuses because parking is already a problem there and snow just makes it worse.
Saturday morning is February 2, an even day, so you need to be parked on the even side of the street.
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