As of Tuesday it has been a week since snow paid a visit to the Scenic City area - making it difficult for people to drive around. In fact, there were hundreds of cars left abandoned all over streets in our area. Most of those cars have been recovered by now, but not all of them.
Tuesday, we found a number of cars on Interstates 75 and 24. We also found a car stalled on Standifer Gap Road.
"Try to get the car off the road because we've had cars hit by a drunk driver or somebody falling asleep," says THP trooper Alan Bailey.
In Tennessee, you have two days to get your car off the Interstate and major roads. Add an extra day if you're parked on a back road. Time gets cut down to eight hours in Georgia for Interstates, and about 5 days if you're parked on back roads.
"Typically what we do, we'll tag the vehicle with an orange tag and put the date on it, so the other officers coming by we'll see that and know the vehicle has been checked," says Sgt. Bailey from THP.
In Tennessee and Georgia, your car will be towed immediately if it's a traffic hazard.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol admits they were more lenient last week during the wintry weather. In all, they towed a hundred cars - compared to the 25 they'll usually tow in a week.
"We take into consideration too that a lot of people have to leave their vehicles on the side of the road because they can't make it up a hill. Highway 27 is a perfect example," says Sgt. Alan Bailey.
Meanwhile, a local tow truck owner says he made about $3,000 more dollars last week from picking up abandoned cars.
"I worked until about 3am that morning, my drivers also with me. We were pulling cars out of ditches and various places," says Curtis Wilson, the owner of United Wrecker Towing in Chattanooga.
Troopers say it's very dangerous leaving your car parked especially on highways and major roads. They say if you have to leave your car somewhere for a while, leave a note with your number so that they can reach you.
By Jerry Askin