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Snow Country 2020

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 4, 2020 09:23

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Each car that was towed away in snow country cost $ 500.00 + the citation.

 

While driving in the snow, the snow was getting thicker and I just passed a "chain required" sign. I parked my car in a space past the sign, took out my tire chains and put them on, which took me about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, there were cars passing the sign and not putting on chains.  While standing there watching  the cars drive by, a car pulled up behind me and a California Highway Patrolman got out and walked up to me and said, “Hello!”

Behind the highway patrolman, a sheriff deputy drove up, parked his car,  got out and walked up to us.

The three of us talked for a while and then the sheriff deputy said, “ Are you ready to go?” “Yes, but let me park my car at your house. I will meet you there in about 30 minutes.” “Ok!” he said. 

After we parked my car at his house, we got in his four-wheel-drive patrol vehicle and went to the freeway and drove east. On the way, we could see a  highway patrolman giving out tickets to cars parked alongside of the road without chains. “Boy, are there going to be some real mad people when they come back to their car and find out that they got a ticket.” “It’s their fault, the sign was clear about putting on tire chains.“

About three miles up the road, there were about five cars in the middle of the road with their trunks and doors open, but no one around—the people who owned the cars were sledding down a hill and having a picnic on the side of the run. We told them that if they left their cars in the middle of the road they will be towed away. They said that they would move them. 

A call came over the radio that there are several cross-country skiers late in returning to their cars. We were given the directions were their cars are located, and we headed that way. 

When we got to the cars, we could see people walking around. We parked the patrol vehicle and walked up to the people. In talking to the people who owned the cars, we were told that the cross-country group called them on their citizen band radio, telling them that they got held up by the snowstorm and will be back in the early afternoon. 

We left and drove up to the ski resort and talk to the manager for about an hour, and then went to the cafeteria and had lunch.

We drove to the deputy’s house, I picked up my car and drove to where I was staying. 

The five cars that were parked in the middle of the freeway were towed away, and the cars parked alongside of the road, on private property, were cited for illegal parking. 

Citations in snow country are expensive, each car that was towed away cost $500 plus the citation.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 4, 2020 09:23

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