Street Sweeping in Effect Throughout City
(4/9/2007) 100 Vehicles Towed Today During East Rock Sweep
NEW HAVEN- Street sweeping began throughout the city this month. The Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Department of Traffic and Parking, towed 100 vehicles during today’s sweeping in East Rock. Vehicles that violate the no parking rule during designated sweeping times are subject to ticketing and towing. Towed vehicles are taken to a tow lot where violators must pay fines to reclaim their vehicles on top of any back taxes, fines and parking tickets they may owe.
The Department of Public Works posts paper signs on all streets where sweeping will be taking place to alert residents of the return of this service and warn them to move their vehicles at posted times. Signs must be visible for a Parking Enforcement Officer or Police Officer to authorize the tow. Towing is concentrated in areas where parked cars pose the most problem in cleaning the streets – the Dwight neighborhood will be swept on the fourth Monday and Tuesday of the month, and has historically been an area where parked cars are a problem and towing is likely.
“We are doing the very best we can to maintain our streets and tend to all of the other priorities we have. It is essential that we have the community’s cooperation to keep our streets clean,” said Chief Administrative Officer Robert Smuts. “It becomes impossible for sweepers to effectively do their jobs when vehicles are parked in their path.” As sweepers make their second and third visits to the city’s neighborhoods, towing will be focused on areas that were insufficiently cleaned due to parked cars.
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