Update: 352 parking tickets issued on 1st night of snow emergency in Madison
Hundreds of drivers in Madison didn’t heed Monday’s snow emergency, earning them a $60 parking ticket.
Madison police said 352 tickets were issued for not following alternate-side parking rules between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Those tickets total more than $21,000 in fines.
Most of the tickets were issued in the snow emergency zone Downtown and on the Isthmus. The zone normally allows for parking on both sides of a street in winter, but when an emergency is declared, parkers in the zone have to follow the same alternate-side rule as everyone else in the city.
The snow emergency continued through Tuesday night, meaning those who weren’t parked on the odd side of the street early Wednesday morning risked getting a ticket.
John Radovan of the Madison Police Department said no vehicles had to be towed during the first night of the snow emergency.
With snow continuing to fall after midnight Tuesday, Madison property owners were given another 24 hours to clear public sidewalks.
City code enforcement director George Hank said snow and ice on public walkways need to be removed or treated with salt or sand, or property owners face fines and a bill if city workers have to do the work.
If the snow had ended before midnight on Monday night, sidewalks would have had to have been cleared by noon Tuesday. With the flakes falling early Tuesday, the walks need to be cleared by noon on Wednesday.
Free sand for city residents is available at various locations in Madison. Find a location near your home at www.cityofmadison.com/sand.
The public sidewalk is the pavement between your yard and the terrace, the grassy area leading up to the curb.
The snow emergency declared in Madison on Monday stays in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
About 150 city plows, sanders, salters and private contract units worked overnight to clear streets of the almost seven inches of snow that fell since Sunday night.