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City and State Workers Clean Up After Winter Storm Pax

By Bill Sarno, Associate Editor
HARTFORD — A lot of people had Thursday off and some even got an additional “snow day” on Valentine’s Day. However, the two days were no holiday for those called upon to keep Hartford area roads safe and to help stranded motorists.

Hartford police issued more than 600 tickets and had nearly 300 vehicles towed for violating the snow emergency parking ban which ran from Wednesday night to 4 p.m. Friday. This enforcement was aimed at getting vehicles off the streets to make it easier and safer for the besieged plow drivers

On the plus side, compliance to the parking strictures was “above average,” reported Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department.

Thursday and Friday were just two more busy days in what has been an active winter for the AAA’s Roadside Rescue Team.

By late Friday afternoon, the emergency road service for greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut reported it had received 1,227 calls and there was no relief in sight.

“We expect the call volume to increase as the day progresses,” said AAA public affairs manager Aaron Kupec.

On Thursday, while the snow and ice storm was pummeling Connecticut, AAA responded to 779 calls. The top three call types were winch outs for vehicles off the road or stuck in the snow, tows and lock service.

Since the start of the winter, the area AAA has handled more than 51,000 calls locally.

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