February 8, 2013

Editorial: Bad drivers, not bad roads


“Being a good driver means complying with Article 1180, which means driving slowly enough and carefully enough to not lose control, even under horrible road conditions,” he said.

As for clearing your driveway after a snowstorm, Werner notes: “Article 1219 of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law makes it illegal to plow, shovel or blow snow into a street or highway. ... Fines for a first offense include up to a $150 fine and/or 15 days in jail, plus applicable surcharges.

“This law also stipulates that ‘anyone that places or permits to be placed upon any highway any material which interferes with the safe use of the highway shall immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed.’ This includes snow.”

Werner notes that homeowners can be cited if plow operators they hire push snow in the road.

We thank him for sharing information about the law and hope that people listen up.

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