Good Question: A winter law that's tough to enforce?

March 19, 2018 07:11 AM

More and more people are tossing snow out onto roadways.

It's a state law that a lot of people are breaking and it could cause you to wreck your car one day.

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But is it being enforced?

Pat Taney was asked about that for this week's Good Question report.

Kevin Thorton asked Pat if plow truck drivers are allowed to plow the snow into local streets and roadways. 

"If this is illegal, why isn't it enforced? The left over piles in the road are dangerous yet continue to happen," Thornton said.

It didn't take News10NBC cameras long to find the problem during last week's snow storm. We saw several snow plow drivers and people using shovels or snow blowers throwing the snow on to the streets.

"It does cause a danger and accidents," said Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew MacKenzie, which is why it is against state law to do this.

Mauro Barreia, a plow truck operator, says it was the first thing he was taught in training.

"It's not legal," Barreia said. "You can get fined for that. I pull snow with the low to avoid pushing it into streets."

But News 10NBC discovered enforcing the law is not easy.

"It is not because at the same time these infractions are committed, we're also getting calls for cars off roads, motor vehicle accidents, etc. because it's snow related," said Deputy MacKenzie.

Which is why very few, if any, tickets have been issued this winter. Even so, deputies and police are looking when they can.

"Consider this fair warning because we do enforce the law when we're able to," Deputy MacKenzie said.

Here's the other issue making this hard to enforce, according to the law, an officer has to actually witness the plow driver doing it to issue a ticket.

If you are caught: you can face a $150 fine, $93 court surcharge and up to 15 days in jail.

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