Authorities will tow cars left for long periods of time

UPELO – Raymond Moss’s car broke down on his way to work a few weeks ago and he had to leave it on the side of the road.
Because he needed a part that had to be ordered, Moss decided to leave his car for a few days until it came in and he could put it on. Well after five days the part came in but the car was gone. The city had the car towed.
Broken down vehicles can be found on roadsides throughout the state. Cars on the side of the road can be a hazard and authorities want them moved as soon as possible. That’s why when you see the orange sticker on your windshield, the countdown begins.
Tupelo Policeman Sgt. Tim Clouse said leave it and the tow truck will come.
“After we put the orange sticker on the car you have five days to get it moved or the city will have it towed,” said Clouse. “We understand that sometimes people have to go to work and can’t get to it that day, but we can’t just let them sit forever.”
As Moss learned, having a car towed by the city can be expensive. Clouse said the owner of the vehicle is responsible for the towing and storage fee. According to Spears towing, one of the businesses Tupelo uses for towing services, it costs $100 to tow the vehicle and $25 a day for each day it’s stored.
Because he didn’t have the money to pay for the two, Moss decided to wait for his pay day which was three days out. His final tally was $185.
“It’s my fault that I left the car there and didn’t have the money to get it, so I’m not blaming the city,” said Moss. “But I just want people to know that they can save a lot of time and cash by getting their car before the city does.”

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