I would like to remind residents of Section 1219 of
the Vehicle and Traffic Law and Section 214 of the Highway law of New York
State. These laws specifically prohibit the placing or leaving of snow, ice or
other substance upon any highway, which includes pavement, shoulders, and
ditches. Plowing snow from a driveway across the road and piling it on
shoulders or in ditches can cause serious injury to persons traveling the road,
and it also causes flooding. When the weather breaks and things start to thaw, the
snow piled in ditches keeps water from draining normally. In the winter season, violating either of
these laws could result in a summons from a local police agency to be issued to
the responsible party. I realize that sometimes this is the most convenient way
to get rid of the snow from driveways, but I ask all residents who currently
use this method when clearing snow from their driveways to find an alternate place
to deposit the snow during the winter season.
Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.