South Bend cracks down on Snowbirds

It is officially “Snowbird” season in South Bend.

Police are hunting for snow covered cars and trucks that appear to have gone nowhere since the onset of the severe weather.

The clock is ticking for those vehicles that are parked on city streets and have been ticketed, or red tagged.

“This is the only way to get vehicles moved that are especially broken down and derelict and the owner has no means to move then you know the city will and we're the principal agents to do that,” said South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent.

The red tag gives the vehicle owner 72 hours to move the vehicle or risk having it towed.

“It’s a weekend, so if anybody’s working all week they’ll have ample opportunity at some point to go out there and just, if the car is functioning, the weather improves, and it’s the weekend, little bit of shovel work, turn the key, move the car, very simple,” said Capt. Trent.

While the city warns it is serious about towing vehicles, it also appears patient. Capt. Trent says the towing related to the latest round of red tags won’t begin until Tuesday of next week.

“Well, I can understand why they need to keep the street clean and stuff but some time’s it’s a pain,” said Gloria Chichester. “I have two stints in an artery, that I got in 2002, and I just didn't want to come out in the real cold temperatures. Take a chance, and so I waited until it got warmer, today.”

Chichester soon found that the job was too big to handle by herself. She ended up enlisting the help of her neighbor Duane, but did manage to move her car.

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