Move it or lose it: Maryland State Police will turn up the heat as troopers try to get parked trucks moved at the Interstate 70 park and ride lot in the Windsor Mill/Woodlawn area.
Tractor-trailers aren't the only issues in the location where the state of Maryland, Baltimore City and Baltimore County jurisdictions converge. At the Baltimore City park and ride lot near where I-70 begins, the 11 News I-Team found some vehicles that haven't moved for a while, including a Honda involved in an accident that has expired license plates. Next to the Honda was a truck that has no license plates. The Baltimore County line is just a few feet away.
Michael Bannan, the owner of a pickup truck and trailer parked at the location, spoke with the I-Team.
"I'm in the county. If I was in the city, they'd be giving me tickets," Bannan said.
Bannan said police told him it was illegal to park on the Baltimore City side and officers gave him two tickets costing $250 each. Bannan said he grew up not far away and that he has no place else to go. For three years, he and his dog Rufus have called the parking lot home.
"I've lived like this most of my life, since I was a child. This is luxury to me," Bannan said.
But just past where he lives, where the state's portion of I-70 begins, are parked tractor-trailers.
"The bottom line is they can't be parked here," Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said.
Shipley said troopers put warning stickers on 17 parked trucks last week, giving the drivers 24 hours to move the vehicles.
"This is not a truck parking area. It's not a truck stop," Shipley said.
The vehicles that remained got tickets, which surprised truck driver Richard Thompson.
"It's kind of hard. (There's) nowhere else to park. I live close by, so it's not bothering anybody. It's not residential, so I don't know why it would be a problem for you to park here," Thompson said.
Some trucks received two or more tickets. Thompson got one for $50. He said he never noticed signs along the median that read no stopping.
"In fact, some of these drivers hit these signs with their doors because they are parked right next to them, and they say, 'No stopping anytime,' and that certainly includes no parking for overnight or a week or even longer," Shipley said.
Now, the state is preparing to bring in other big rigs and tow trucks to take the remaining tractor-trailers away. State police said that could cost the truck drivers even more fees for the towing and storage.
Bannan has had medical conditions that include a heart attack and two strokes. As for what will happen to him, Baltimore County officials said a Department of Health and Human Services team will assess the situation and offer him resources.
State police said they have learned about a resurgence of cars illegally drag racing in the same area. They said troopers will take appropriate enforcement action against that, as well.