In D.C., 1,124 vehicles ticketed for snow emergency violations

The District
1,124 vehicles get ticketed for violations

Monday’s storm was an expensive one for drivers who failed to heed D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s snow emergency declaration.

Linda Grant, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, said officers issued 1,124 snow emergency tickets and towed and impounded 90 vehicles. An additional 243 vehicles were towed and impounded by private tow companies.

The fine is $250 for being parked where you shouldn’t be during a snow emergency. Add in towing fees of $100 and storage fees — $20 per day until a vehicle is claimed — and next time, you may want to remember to move your automobile.

— Lori Aratani

MARYLAND
O’Malley’s speaking engagements grow

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has been booked as the keynote speaker at a Massachusetts Democratic Party awards reception in May.

The event is the latest in a string of out-of-state speaking engagements planned by O’Malley in the coming months as he prepares for a possible 2016 presidential bid and campaigns for other Democrats around the country.

O’Malley is scheduled to travel to Boston on May 27 to address the annual reception.

He also has previously announced appearances scheduled at the California Democrats State Convention in March and the Wisconsin Democrats’ Founders Day Gala in April.

— John Wagner

THE REGION
Man charged in Beltway accident

Police said they have charged the driver of an SUV in a Wednesday afternoon accident that involved a tractor-trailer and shut down the inner loop of the Beltway for two hours.

Nakatoke Kapingiri, 40, of the District, was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer north on Interstate 495 near the American Legion Bridge when it “swerved to miss a cardboard box in its lane,” police said.

Police said Kapingiri lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the road, where it struck a Jersey barrier. The SUV “then spun back across the northbound lanes and ran off the right shoulder into the guardrail,” police said.

— Dana Hedgpeth

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