Petaluma police crack down on abandoned cars

Spiderwebs in wheel wells and weeds growing around the tires were dead giveaways.

The red Honda Accord had been parked on a Petaluma street for well past the three-day legal limit. It had expired registration tags, and storm water was backing up behind the tires when Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons arrived.

"It's been sitting there for, like, ever," said Chelsea Falcone, a neighbor who came out as Lyons ticketed the car. "It hasn't moved in at least a couple months."

Lyons stuck bright yellow and orange notices on the car's windows.

The Honda is one of hundreds throughout the city that have been abandoned or otherwise left on the street longer than the law allows. On Wednesday, Petaluma police fanned out in an effort to scour every city street to find them and either warn owners or tow violators.

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