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Friday, February 16, 2007

Lakewood: Hearts & Cars Snowed In

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2007 at 2:46 PM

A friendly cop prepares to light up another stranded motorist.
If you live in Lakewood, and you park on the street, there's probably a massive mound of snow where your car used to be. But you best be getting a shovel and start digging. A city law says you can't park on the street for more than 24 hours without moving your car. One might think the city would be so kind as to grant you an extension, say, in the event that you misplaced your earthmover. Alas, this isn't the case. So dig, and dig fast. "The city isn't built for all the cars we have, and we have to maintain free travel," says Lakewood Police Captain Ed Hassing. "It's a safety factor." Chances are, if you park on one of the main thoroughfares like Detroit Avenue or Clifton Boulevard, you've already been nailed. Thursday morning, when some people couldn't even get out their doors, Lakewood cops were busy clearing off windshields and sliding little orange tickets under wiper blades. The mayor had declared an emergency snow ban. In one case, a policeman was sited taping a ticket to an elderly woman who had frozen to death in the middle of the street. The good news is if she pays it within two days, it's only $35. Walter Novak: Action Rock Photographer takes to the streets to capture it all in his latest slideshow. — Jared Klaus

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