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Bridgeport Initiates Ticket Blitz To Keep Cars Off Snow Emergency Streets

A street in Bridgeport, Conn., following a blizzard in February 2013. (file/credit: CBS 2)

A street in Bridgeport, Conn., following a blizzard in February 2013. (file/credit: CBS 2)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and his emergency management team are asking residents to obey alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules, which they say is critical so that plows and emergency vehicles can pass during a snowstorm.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, in the interest of sending a message to deliquent parkers, the city initiated a ticket blitz, targeting 700 cars illegally parked on snow emergency streets during a storm last weekend.

“Many residents have parked on the snow emergency streets during a parking ban or during a snow emergency,” said Emergency Management Director Scott Appleby. “Parking is not allowed on any of those streets.”

Appleby is urging city residents to sign up for reverse 911 calls from City Hall so they can receive important information during an emergency. Residents can sign up at the city government’s website.

“The system is utilized only to inform you of emergency situations,” Appleby said said.

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