Monday, November 28, 2011

Snow Parking Enforcement Policies

Please see the press release below from Milton Police Chief Dan Layber regarding snow parking ordinances.

In a proactive effort to partner with our citizens and our Department of Public works to keep Milton’s streets clear of snow and ice during snow events, the Milton Police Department is informing citizens of our strict enforcement policies as it pertains to Milton’s snow parking ordinances.

City of Milton Ordinance 70-155 (a): “Parking during and after snow storms”. The ordinance specifically states “No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle on any street or municipal parking lot in the city after a snowfall of 1 ½ inches in depth until after the snow from such street or parking lot has been removed, or plowed to the curb.

City of Milton Ordinance 66-171: “No person shall obstruct or encumber any street, alley, sidewalk or public grounds…..”. This ordinance is intended to prohibit anyone from moving snow from their premises and in turn obstructing other’s right of way.

In an effort to be more efficient in our enforcement of this ordinance the police department will NOT be waiting until the snow plows pass vehicles before enforcing the law. Instead the police department will be issuing citations to vehicles noted violating the ordinance as they see them through the course of routine patrol. Simply put, if your car is out on the street and there is more than 1 ½ inches of the snow, per ordinance directive and in an effort to improve our efficiency in enforcing it, Officers will be issuing citations to violating vehicles when they see them, and not waiting until plows have passed by. If vehicles continue to obstruct snow removal efforts in violation of these ordinances, they may eventually be towed. The fine for a violation is $38.00. Also, Officers may write tickets to those that cause an obstruction by moving snow into the roadway or alley, or on to the sidewalk or public way adjacent to their property.

Our objective in this enforcement strategy is not to write more tickets or tow cars, but instead to ensure swift compliance with these ordinances, which were created to ensure the effective and efficient removal of snow and ice from our community’s roadways following snow events.

If you have questions about theses ordinances or our enforcement of them, please contact the Milton Police Department at 608-868-6910.