Awhile back, I was a member of the governing body in my town. From time to time, constituents would call about any number of issues. Calls piled high immediately after a snow storm. Mostly, residents complained that they had been ticketed for leaving their cars on the street.
I would explain that our town, like many communities, requires vehicles to be removed from the street when snow fall reaches a certain level. For some towns, it’s two inches. In others, it may be “when the street is snow-covered.” In my town, the day before a storm, the Public Works guys post signs up and down the street, reminding people to move their vehicles off the roadway. Some communities use reverse 911 messaging systems to call residents.
These policies were not adopted to be mean. They are not meant to inconvenience people. They are definitely not meant to be revenue generators, as a disgruntled citizen always suggests. They are meant to save lives.
Think about it. Cars parked on the street, impede snow removal. If the snow can’t be removed, the roads cannot be plowed adequately. If the roads cannot be plowed adequately, ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars may not be able to respond quickly to emergencies. If emergency personnel cannot respond quickly, a house could burn down or someone could die.
So, follow the rules. Get your car off the street prior to a major snowfall. Squeeze your family’s vehicles into your driveway or onto your lawn. Make arrangements with your neighbor or a local business. Learn if your town allows residents to move their cars to municipal parking lots.
Yes, it’s a pain. But it would be a lot more painful if you or your family needed emergency services, and first responders couldn’t respond.