Bar patrons get a break with new towing policy

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By: Erin Lisch
April 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's not a fun thing to think about. You go to pick up your car the morning after a night out and it's not there…it's been towed!

Changes in Tallahassee are helping to avoid that. It's a new policy to keep people from drinking and driving by not towing.

Some bars already have this in place but the ordinance makes it official.

Your car can't get towed during certain hours in front of certain locations.

Many of Tallahassee’s more than 60,000 students are giving it a passing grade.

FAMU student Amber McConnehead says with the nightlife, there's always something to do.

But when those bars close, people still end up behind the wheel, trying to avoid the consequences of leaving their car to be towed.

College student Danielle Detoro says, "People 100 percent are going to want to drive their cars home. They'd rather just risk that risky behavior of possibly getting in an accident or pulled over."

A city ordinance is hoping to change that.

It will not allow towing from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. outside of any bar, seven days a week.

"It's just more of a convince for people not wanting to drink and drive," says Detoro.

"Now we don't have that on our shoulder like oh my God I'm going to get towed," says McConnehead.

Data by NHTSA shows nationally, drunk drivers are on the road between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Spearheading the plan, City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says, "There's no reason for a car to be towed between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. so why not just go ahead and make it an ordinance and not allow towing?"

Students say it’s an incentive to find an alternative way home.

FSU student Matthew Page says, "We don't have to worry about endangering ourselves or other people, where we can just leave it and then not worry about it until the next morning."

"Especially at 10 a.m. That is such a reasonable time," says Detoro.

However, your car can get towed for specific reasons. For example, if it's blocking a fire hydrant or in a handicapped spot.

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