Shelton winter parking rules detailed

With a possible snowstorm on the way, Shelton residents may want to be reminded of winter parking restrictions in the city.

From December to March, from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m., alternate side of the street parking is required. On odd numbered days, parking shall be permitted on the odd-numbered side of the street; on even numbered days, parking shall be permitted on the even-numbered side of the street.

No parking shall be permitted on any street where the parking interferes with snow removal. When the mayor calls a snow emergency (Note: This has not happened for this storm at this time), no on-street parking shall be allowed if off-street parking is available. Cars may be towed and a fine shall be levied in addition to the cost of towing.

The purpose of this ordinance is to assure that the public roadways can be cleared to allow for safe passage of all emergency vehicles and the general public.

Sidewalk snow removal responsibility

Residents also are reminded that property owners are responsible for the removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks abutting their property. No person shall cause snow from sidewalks or driveways to be put into the public street.

State law: Remove snow and ice from vehicles

The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds drivers they must scrape off the heavy amounts of snow and ice before traveling or face a possible $75 fine for having a car on the road loaded down with these icy elements.

This state law, which aims to prevent safety risks from these blowing winter hazards, pertains to passenger cars and other non-commercial vehicles. Fines may increase up to $1,000 for drivers who operate these vehicles when flying snow or ice off them causes personal injury or property damage.

“All drivers should take an extra few minutes to remove most of the snow and ice so it does not endanger themselves or others,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. “That will be time well spent to avoid needless hazards on the roadways.

A similar law pertaining to commercial vehicles is scheduled to go into effect later this year.