Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Abandoned Vehicles to Receive Special Care

During the week of November 7 – 11, 2011, Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) personnel will be looking for abandoned vehicles. Vehicles in violation will be tagged for 48-hour removal. If the vehicles are not moved in the allotted time, they will be towed. Prior to towing, attempts to locate the owners will be made. In the event owners cannot be located, not only will the vehicle be tagged, there will also be a letter left on the vehicle explaining the importance of removal. If a citizen reports an abandoned vehicle, all those reports will be followed up by the PD.

Why all the special attention for abandoned vehicles now? As the winter season approaches, these vehicles can be a problem. Not only are they an eyesore, they can cause traffic problems and collisions, and make it difficult for ambulances and fire engines to access portions of neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. With some experts predicting heavy snow accumulations this winter, it is hoped that these pro-active measures for addressing abandoned vehicles will provide positive outcomes for the community.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department wants to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles on the road by 11/14/2011, the same day that Leaf Fest starts. If you have an abandoned vehicle, please secure it off the roadway. This includes all inoperable vehicles, parts cars, boats, and RVs that have been parked long term, and/or vehicles that have been on the road without moving for more than 24 hours. Voluntary compliance will save the owner a minimum of $125 in towing fines along with other possible city / state code violations.

If you know of a vehicle that needs attention, please call 769-2320 or e-mail Please include the location, the vehicle description, the plate number (if it has one), and anything else known about the vehicle.

We look forward to working with you to make the streets of Coeur d’Alene safe and passable.