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.
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."