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WAOK Gets Fees Waived For Motorists Picking Up Abandoned Cars

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(Credit: Courtesy of Rob Hamilton/CBS Local)

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ATLANTA  (WAOK)-As the thaw continues in the Atlanta metro area from the “Snowmeggedon” freeze of 2014, many motorists are now dealing with the reality of having to find their vehicles.

In some cases motorists must pay to have them returned. WAOK talk show host Rashad Richey, host of “Real Talk with Rashad Richey” took phone calls from listeners Wednesday evening on air and then had a conversation with officials from DeKalb County about the situation.

The result: Good news from the office of DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May. Spokesman Burke Brennan released a statement to the media that simply says, “DeKalb County will not be charging for towing as a result of this winter storm. We are communicating this and coordinating with DeKalb towing contractors.”

Richey didn’t stop there. On Thursday, while hosting the WAOK Morning Show, Richey had a candid conversation with Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell about the same issue facing Atlanta drivers whose cars were towed. Mitchell promised that he would advocate for Atlanta drivers with the city to help relieve the burden of the towing fee.

(Mitchell’s conversation with Richey can be heard here…)

And after calls from WAOK listeners, Mitchell is now asking city residents to email him with their information. Send it to Ccmitchell@atlanta.gov

Following the conversation with Mitchell the Atlanta Police department released the following statement:  The Atlanta Police Department will waive vehicle impound fees as a courtesy to our citizens for any vehicle towed as a result of Winter Storm Leon.   If your vehicle was impounded by the Atlanta Police Department, the Property Control Unit will give you a credit form which will include the case number and vehicle information. The owner will then present this fee credit form to the wrecker service and retrieve their vehicle at no charge.   The Atlanta Police Property Unit is located at 3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. 404-546-4330  The hours are 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This does not include ALL Impounds, ONLY those associated with the Winter Weather.

Meanwhile the city of Sandy Springs announced its vehicle recovery plan today for motorists who abandoned their cars due to the winter storm. Those motorists are asked to retrieve their vehicles Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at 5 p.m.  Sandy Springs had an estimated two dozen cars towed to the A Tow facility located at 11412 North Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Alpharetta. Motorists whose cars were taken to that facility will be able to retrieve their vehicles without charge. Any cars still abandoned after Sunday will be towed at the owner’s expense.  To retrieve the car, the owner will need to have the car’s tag number or vehicle identification number (VIN), proof of ownership, and a driver’s license. Proof of ownership can be a copy of the title or a current tag receipt. A Tow’s office number is 770-475-1810.

Drivers who abandoned vehicles along roadways in South Fulton County may find some of their cars moved to the side of roads, to make way for both work crews and traffic.   If you are unable to locate your vehicle please contact Fulton County authorities using the county’s non-emergency number, 404-730-7911. 

If you need to pick up your vehicle, click here for more details

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