Appleton tows 45 vehicles during snow emergency

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- Many communities including Appleton remain under a snow emergency thru Friday morning as city plows continues to clean up.

Cars are parked on a residential street during a snow emergency in Appleton in February 2019 (WBAY photo)

However-- some drivers aren't paying attention.

On a street not far from Appleton West High School, Action 2 News found a truck surrounded by a pile of snow.

It's a clear example of why police are warning people to take the city's snow emergency seriously.

"We're doing our best to get a hold of people to try and not have to ticket people, but sometimes they're on streets where we need to get through. People are getting stuck in their driveways, stuck on the street and we need to try and move that snow out of the way," said Officer Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department.

So far 45 vehicles have been towed in Appleton, and many more issued citations for violating the snow emergency--which prohibits overnight street parking from 2 to 5 am.

"If they don't have a place to park, don't drive," said Dennis Krueger of Appleton.

Krueger says in his neighborhood he's sympathetic towards the job plow drivers have to do.

He added,"Oh yea, I understand, they put in some long hours and they have to deal with all the parked cars and everything else. Yea, I know those guys are putting in the effort, and I appreciate it."

Violators can expect to shell out hundreds of dollars between the cost of a ticket, towing, and other potential fees.

Police say it can add up in a hurry.

"It can be quite costly and that's why we tell people when you see that snow emergency come out, you see us put some of those warnings out be mindful of that," added Cash.

Action 2 News also checked with a few other communities.

Oshkosh police report they had to tow three vehicles.

The Neenah mayor says they haven't had to tow anyone yet.