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Authorities begin towing vehicles left on roads

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Towing is underway for vehicles that were left on metro Atlanta roadways during the storm earlier this week.

The day began with more than 2,000 abandoned cars on city streets and highways. By 10 p.m., less than 200 cars remained on the roads, according to state officials. Those vehicles now face towing after a 9 p.m. deadline passed on Thursday.

Authorities said the cars are being towed because it's a public safety issue as more drivers are expected to hit the road on Friday morning.

"Some of them are still left to where they're too close to the highway and could cause other accidents," said Sgt. Kendrick Lowe of the Georgia State Patrol. "We'd rather get them to a safe place where people can recover their vehicles like they left them."

The governor's office told FOX 5 that the state will pay for the cost of towing, but only if the tow is directed by the state on the interstates and state routes.

If your car is missing, authorities ask you to call 511 and have your tag number ready.

According to GDOT, two staging areas for transport are open:

• Drivers who left their vehicles on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.

• Drivers who left their vehicles on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.

Once there, drivers will be transported by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive to their vehicle. There will be fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas as well as the capability to jump off a dead battery.

At 9 p.m., GSP began a 'tag and tow' removal process for vehicles remaining on Interstate Highways 285, all interstates inside the Perimeter, Interstate 75 from I-285 to I-575 on the northwest side and on Interstate Highway 20 from I-285 to Six Flags Hill on the west side.  After 9:00 p.m. owners should call 511 for information on their vehicle's location as GSP will be at the Department of Transportation Management Center (TMC).

If a vehicle already has been towed for safety reasons, officials will have a database to help motorists determine at which impound facility it is located.  Authorities will provide transportation to the facility. Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to check-in.

Fulton County Emergency Management Agency tweeted this photo of where to find your towed car:


Atlanta, DeKalb to waive impound fees

The Atlanta Police Department announced that they have towed less than 25 vehicles that were impeding traffic as of Friday afternoon. They stated in a news release sent to FOX 5 News that they will begin towing other vehicles left on the side of the road on Sunday starting at noon.

The Atlanta Police Department will waive vehicle impound fees as a courtesy to our citizens for any vehicle towed as a result of the winter storm.

In a release sent to FOX 5 News, they stated:

If your vehicle was impounded by the Atlanta Police Department, the Property Control Unit will give you a credit form which will include the case number and vehicle information. The owner will then present this fee credit form to the wrecker service and retrieve their vehicle at no charge.   The Atlanta Police Property Unit is located at 3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. 404-546-4330  The hours are 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This does not include ALL Impounds, ONLY those associated with the Winter Weather.

DeKalb County officials say they've also reached out to towing companies operating in the county and have asked them to waive fees for drivers who became stranded.

Officials say drivers who abandoned vehicles in DeKalb County have until midnight Friday to reclaim them from towing lots. Five companies the county has established partnerships with include: Cymil; Brown and Brown; South DeKalb; Statewide and S&W.

The general public can go to atowinc.com on the "Who Towed" tab OR whotowedme.com and enter their vehicle information to see if A Tow has towed it to one of their lots.
 
Please have your TAG or VIN number, but there are also generic ways to search.  This will only include those towed to an A Tow lot.

Johns Creeks says they will start removing cars from the right of way starting on Monday.

The following was released Friday by the city of Kennesaw:

The City of Kennesaw is offering to reimburse costs incurred by individuals whose vehicles were towed because they were abandoned and creating a hazardous condition following the Tuesday, January 28 snowstorm. The tow had to have occurred from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Vehicle owners must come in person to the Kennesaw Police Department, 2539 J.O. Stephenson Avenue Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Owners should be prepared to present their vehicle registration and drivers license as well as a copy of the receipt for the towing fee. Police staff will verify the location and cost of the tow. The city will then process the request and mail a check to the individual.

"The Police Department has consistently maintained a policy not to reimburse towing costs for vehicles creating a hazard, but due to the unusually extreme circumstances the storm caused, we will make an exception and repay costs incurred," said Chief Bill Westenberger. "Because Mayor Mathews declared a state of emergency, the city will be seeking reimbursement from the state of Georgia for storm-related expenses including these towing fees."

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Copyright 2014 The Associated Press modified. Information from Georgia Department of Transportation and the Atlanta Police Department was also used in this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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