Drivers beware: only 48 hours before officers impound abandoned

Drivers beware: only 48 hours before officers impound abandoned cars

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reminding any motorists who may have crashed during the weekend's storm to get their cars off the roadway.

This weekend's snow, ice, and sleet wreaked havoc on the interstates in Oklahoma. On Monday, a day after the winter storm blew through the state, several cars were still found to be lining the interstates.

"My front right tire hit a little bit of snow and I was doing circles and ended up down in the ditch," said John Brown, who called a wrecker to help pull the undamaged car back up to the road.

But many drivers are not sticking around to deal with a wrecking service, like Brown did. Instead they're leaving their vehicles on the shoulder and in other compromising positions.

When an accident happens, OHP will tag the vehicle, usually with an orange sticker, or caution tape when troopers run out. Other first responders may use ribbon to mark the car, in order to show the car was checked for possible victims. It also serves as a warning for drivers, who have 48 hours to move the vehicle or OHP will do it for them.

The one exception is if the car is so far off a snowy shoulder that it's too dangerous for a wrecker to reach in time.

Towing will be at the owner's expense.

To locate your vehicle after it has been towed, contact OHP at *55. If they don't have the car, call Oklahoma City Police or the local law enforcement agency in your area.

While the snow is melting, accidents are still happening, especially at on and off ramps. Officials are reminding motorists to take extra caution before taking their exits to avoid ending up stranded.

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