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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 01/27/2011

How to retrieve abandoned vehicles

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

When traffic stopped moving in many areas last night due to the snow, plenty of folks up and abandoned their vehicles. If you left your vehicle and want to know where it is is, here's the information you need. Before calling, make sure you have your vehicle's license plate number, make and model.

THE DISTRICT

Some cars in the District were towed away, while others were merely pulled to the curb. Call 202-541-6038 and have your tag number ready to find out where your car was moved.

MARYLAND

Maryland State Police troopers are working with the State Highway Administration and tow companies to remove abandoned vehicles from roadways. If your vehicle was towed from an interstate or state highway, contact the Maryland State Police barrack in the county where it was abandoned:

-- Montgomery County - Rockville Barrack - 301-424-2101
-- Upper Prince George's County - College Park Barrack - 301-345-3101
-- Lower Prince George's County - Forestville Barrack - 301-568-8101
-- Howard County - Waterloo Barrack - 410-799-2101
-- Frederick County - Frederick Barrack - 301-600-4150

For a complete list of Maryland State Police barracks, head here.

If you abandoned your car in Montgomery County and it wasn't on an interstate or state highway, call the Emergency Communications Center at 301-279-8000.

VIRGINIA

Vehicles left on the GW Parkway can be picked up today from one of the scenic overlooks on the northbound side.

Cars left on interstates and interstate ramps were handled by the Virginia State Police. If your vehicle was towed Wednesday or Thursday from an interstate road or a ramp, call the Virginia State Police Fairfax Division at 703-803-0026 or 703-803-0027.

Again, have your license plate number ready before you call.

If you abandoned your car on a side road or local road:
-- Prince William County: 703-792-6500.
-- Arlington County: If you left your car at a meter, it might still be there; if you left it on a roadway that hasn't been plowed, it might still be there; and if the road has been plowed, it might have been pushed to the side or towed. If towed, call Redman Fleet Services at 703-550-0080.
-- Fairfax County: 703-691-2131

[This post has been updated]

By Mark Berman  | January 27, 2011; 9:45 AM ET
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Comments

If you abandoned your car in the lane blocking the lane, as people were doing on Rt. 7, will you be ticketed as well as towed? I sure hope so.

Posted by: ksu499 | January 27, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If you abandoned your car in the lane blocking the lane, as people were doing on Rt. 7, will you be ticketed as well as towed? I sure hope so.
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If they couldn't move their cars (and one would assume that's why they were abandoned), what good was it going to do for the drivers to remain with their cars?

Posted by: st50taw | January 27, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Good grief! I have 2 sisters who live in that area.

My suggestion, take a short trip down to Florida until this monster storm blows over.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 27, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"If they couldn't move their cars (and one would assume that's why they were abandoned), what good was it going to do for the drivers to remain with their cars?"

It wouldn't do any good, but it doesn't absolve them of responsibility for getting on the road in the first place. Abandoned cars certainly contributed to my 7+hour commute. I had 4WD and a full tank. They obviously didn't. A ticket is a small price to pay.

Posted by: NNevada | January 27, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If they couldn't move their cars (and one would assume that's why they were abandoned), what good was it going to do for the drivers to remain with their cars?
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They would be there to drive their cars off the road when the plows came.

As another poster said, sucks for them, but there should be some price to pay for the inconvenience their abandoned cars caused for others, the cost to the local governments for having to tow those cars when they could have been driven away if the drivers were still with them, etc.

Posted by: thetan | January 27, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

They're lucky the snowplows don't just bash them out of the way.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 27, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

They're lucky the snowplows don't just bash them out of the way.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 27, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, with last nights storm coming as fast and hard as it did... I think it's a bit more forgivable than it usually is. A lot of people I know left ahead of the snow and still ended up being stuck in the madness.

I think some leeway should be extended for such dramatic circumstances. I took metro, and even the metro bus got stuck. So I walked after that and tried to help out as many stranded motorists as I could.

Maybe instead of feeling bad for yourself, you could do more to help out others. It would probably change your perspective a bit if you knew more about the people involved.

Posted by: gconrads | January 27, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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