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BROOKINGS (AP) — The day after a white Christmas proved to be costly for many vehicle owners in Brookings.

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Police say about 225 cars were ticketed and marked for towing after a parking ban went into effect at 1 a.m. on Thursday, so crews could clear snow from the streets.

The three tow truck owners in town told the Brookings Register they hauled off 109 vehicles by the end of the day.

Assistant Police Chief David Erickson says any vehicle left in the street when a parking ban goes into effect gets an immediate ticket that carries a $35 fine. It costs about $150 to retrieve it from impound.

Erickson says the number of tickets — and the number of complaints from citizens — was about average for a typical snow ban.