Snow & Ice. It is everywhere. It is wet and heavy and cold and a nuisance and it is your problem to deal with. While the quaint towns in which we live and work do their best to keep the roads clear and public areas safe, the responsibility of your personal property lies on you, the owner.
The individual towns of Bergen County have individual ordinances. Many towns have time limits, between 12 and 24 hours of daylight after the last flake falls, after which property owners must get snow off the sidewalks. With hopes that your work will link up with the neighbors, and ultimately clear the sidewalks, on a whole, for the whole community.
Edison residents slow to shovel, for example, face a $250 fine if they wait 12 hours before removing snow.
Somerville residents can be fined up to $1,250. And you better transfer into onto your own lawn or you can get busted for that too.
Specifically, there is Ordinance 2009-19 — the one that prohibits residents from shoveling snow onto their neighbors' properties without permission.
Newark prohibits residents from putting snow or ice in streets, with fines for the violation ranging from $100 to $1,000.
In Roselle Park, residents or businesses who leave snow uncleared or throw it in the street face having public works employees clear it for them — and then getting charged for the labor.
Now is the time for New Jersey motorists to make sure they have scrapers and brushes in their vehicles.
An amended law went into effect in 2010 that requires motorists to remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before traveling on the roads. Violators face tickets and fines.
Motorists previously faced tickets if property damage or injuries occurred as a result of failing to remove ice and snow. Now you can receive a ticket even if you are cause no harm or damage at all.
Fines for violating the new law range from $25 to $75. However, the fines increase to $200 to $1,000 when injuries or property damage occur.
Last winter alone, Bergen County issued the most summonses, with 1,487, more than four times that of Hudson County (347), which had the second highest number of all New Jersey counties. Bergen County’s citations also account for 40 percent of the state’s total tickets for failure to remove snow from a vehicle. They are serious and they are collecting.
Clean your car off... it's just that simple.
Some other tips that may help you remain less driving stressed while helping you share the road.
- Drive slowly (at or below the posted speed limit) and adjust your speed for the changing conditions.
- Turn on your headlights, using low beams when traveling in snow.
- Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, exercise extreme caution in doing so. Remember, a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not always see you.
- If you skid, don’t brake or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas, and gently steer your car in the direction of the skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle is sliding). When your car starts heading in the desired direction, carefully straighten the wheel.
- Slow down before exiting the highway. Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
- Have a personal safety kit easily accessible in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper; shovel; jumper cables; blanket; sand, salt or kitty litter for traction; flashlight; water and non-perishable food. If your car becomes disabled, pull off the road as far as possible, turn on your emergency flashers and remain with your car until help arrives. If you can’t get your vehicle off the road and are uncertain about your safety, do not stay in your vehicle or stand behind it.
There's more now coming before it all turns to sunshine and flowers. Please, be safe and smart and above all - be courteous!
Happy Snow Stroms!
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