Washington, D.C., has issued more than $1 million in parking tickets since a blizzard pummeled the city over the weekend, with another $65,000 in fines.
Since D.C.'s snow emergency began on Friday, the city has towed 656 cars and issued $1,078,000 worth of parking tickets, NBC Washington reported
. The towed vehicles were either parked illegally, in the way of snowplows, or considered road hazards, the local station said.
"Don't park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snow bank," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday, according to NBC. She had said that vehicles parked more than 12 inches from the curb are at risk of getting tickets.
According to D.C. Department of Public Works figures, a total of 4,930 snow emergency tickets were issued from Jan. 22 through Wednesday, Fox 5 DC reported
. A public works spokesperson told the television station, though, that many of the tickets will likely be appealed and dismissed in the process.
Danielle Smith complained to reporters that she and many drivers could not move their cars because the vehicles were buried under two feet of snow.
"They gave me a $250 ticket just for being snowed in," Smith told NBC Washington. "I couldn't get no help."
Some have taken to social media to complain about the tickets.
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