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A red alert about parking

Since December 1, the Alexandria Police Department has issued 148 red tags. Red tags are warnings that a vehicle has been parked on a city street longer than 24 hours. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

As the snow piles up, so do red tags issued by Alexandria Police Department (APD).

Since December, 148 red tags have been issued by APD officers.

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Red tags are warnings that a vehicle has been parked on a city street longer than 24 hours.

If the vehicle isn’t moved within 24 hours of being red-tagged, officers will issue a citation and the vehicle could be towed at the owner’s expense.

The parking regulation applies year-round, but more red tags are issued during the winter when street crews are clearing city streets.

“When the street department comes in to clear snow, we try to go in behind them [to red-tag vehicles], whether it’s a couple hours later, eight hours later or the next day,” said APD Captain Scott Kent.

Kent added, as part of the small-town service the department aims for, officers will try to contact the vehicle’s owner before it’s towed.

A small percentage of the red tag totals are not snow-related; they’re violating other parking laws or are abandoned vehicles.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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