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Trenton Police Warn Residents to Move Cars

Trenton police are asking residents nicely to move cars from the street or risk getting a ticket or having it towed.

Warning ticket
Warning ticket

Following Saturday’s snow emergency, Trenton police plan to issue warning tickets to drivers that left their vehicles unattended during the city’s snow removal process. 

Officers will be on the lookout for vehicles that appear “snowed in,” Sgt. Rick Tanguay, special services bureau, said today. 

“Snowplows are designed to start along the curb line, so when cars are in the way they have to go around them and that ends up piling more snow on peoples driveways,” Tanguay said. 

Officers will be giving out warnings first, Tanguay said. “It’s the first snow of the year, so a lot people aren’t accustomed in what to do yet."

Following the warning, however, vehicles or trailers in violation will be ticketed. In addition, the vehicle or trailer "may be removed from the public street, highway or alleyway at the expense of the vehicle owner," the warning says.  

Code of Ordinances

Residents are permitted to use any municipal parking lot during snow emergencies on a temporary basis, according to the city's Code of Ordinances.

For instance, citizens can park at Rotary Park, Elizabeth Park or even the city hall for a short period of time.

A copy of the Warning can be found below. 

"A Snow emergency was declared by the city of Trenton on 12-14-13 at 4:55pm. Snow removal; penalty for violation; enforcement. It shall be unlawful to park, leave unattended or fail to remove any motor vehicle or trailer on any public street, highway or alleyway, or cause such vehicle or trailer to remain parked, after a snow fall and/or drifting snow of four inches or more, prior to the removal by city plowing of such street. All vehicles and/or trailers found to be in violation of this subsection shall be ticketed and the owner, if possible, notified to remove the vehicle from the public street, highway or alleyway. In addition, the vehicle and/or trailer may be removed from the public street, highway or alleyway at the expense of the vehicle owner. Such expense shall include all towing and storage charges attached to the vehicle. Enforcement of this subsection shall be under the direction of the police department personnel." 

"Your vehicles is found to still be in violation today 12-16-13. Failure to move the vehicle shall result in enforcement action."

Kkbrownie December 16, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Good!! It is so irritating to clean your drive and in front of house, only to have the bozo accross the street leave theirs in street! Now if only there were tickets for said bozos who only remove enough snow to get to vehicle! It looks so messy when it's not cleaned up properly! Do it for them? No way! Lazy, healthy young people!
waterboy December 17, 2013 at 09:48 AM
ignorance is bliss! sorry that my family member was in the hospital and I couldn't get home to move a car.
michelle December 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Sure there are some bozos but don't be too quick to judge everyone. Just like waterboy said, there are some people with extenuating circumstances. I for instance tore my ACL recently and CANNOT shovel snow. I can barely walk. My boyfriend who lives with me was out of town all weekend for a graduation in Cincinnati. So my snow was not taken care of until late Sunday. Luckily my car was parked in the driveway and his was gone. Still, I look young, normal and healthy because you cannot see inside of my knee. So, if you know for a fact they are just lazy great...report them if you wish because it "looks messy". If you are not 100% sure maybe you should ask if they need a hand. My neighbors are awesome and would help in a heart beat.
kkbrown December 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Yes Michelle, since we have big blower we usually do the sidewalks! And others do the same! There are elderly folks who need not even worry! And to be petty enough to "report" them, please!!!!
michelle December 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM
kkbrown, and that is how neighbors should be. I'm in the house that used to be my Grandma's. Her next door neighbor used to always send his teenage son over to help her with the snow in the winter. It was usually done before I even got home from work to help her. I would also help my neighbors or anyone I thought needed me. The bum knee is something new for me. I was going to try and shovel a path to my car (because that is all I felt I could do with my torn ACL). It would not meet some people's standards but I felt it was even harder to walk through the snow. Instead my boyfriend said to wait until he got home and when we asked my doc on Monday he said NO WAY...do not shovel snow (unless I want my leg to go out again). So thank you for taking care of the elderly. It is nice to know there are still good neighbors out there. Sometimes I wonder if there are still any good people when I see such harsh comments from others.

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