North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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January 30, 2014

Just a few trouble spots remaining from abandoned vehicles on local roads

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Walker said the department has a contract with a towing company that uses a fixed price, which is less than what most people would pay on their own.

Lt. Scott Banks said that as of Thursday afternoon, there were four problem vehicles on Shady Grove Road between Fieldstown Road and Mt. Olive Road, and five in Lexington Park.

Elsewhere, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that they would only have vehicles towed as a last resort.

“The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has not towed any vehicle that was abandoned during the storm and will try to avoid doing so unless it is an absolute necessity,” Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. “Before any towing takes place we will attempt to notify the registered owner and have them retrieve the vehicle.”

Christian added that there would be no charge for the towing, and that they would first attempt to tow vehicles to a nearby parking lot, so owners should check those first if the vehicle has been moved. If it isn’t there, call the Sheriff’s Office at 325-1450.

Christian advised motorists that they should retrieve their vehicles if they are close to home and their street is safe.

In Fultondale, a spokesperson said there were no vehicles blocking roadways as of Thursday. Their department was able to contact nearly all motorists with abandoned cars through a program that links registrations to phone numbers.

Warrior had numerous issues with road blockages on Wednesday, in particular a tractor-trailer that blocked U.S. 31. But that area was cleared by noon that day, and by Thursday all roads were clear, police chief Ray Horn said.

“We have a few cars off to the side on Trafford Road, but that’s it,” Horn said.

A dispatcher at the Warrior department, which handles calls for Morris, Kimberly and Trafford as well, said that almost all other streets in those communities were clear Thursday. There’s still one trouble spot on Warrior-Kimberly Road between Stouts Road and North Jefferson Middle School, however; the road there dips into a hollow that includes a sharp curve and is shaded by roadside trees.

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