Posted by Melissa Burlaga
(Duluth, MN -Northland's NewsCenter) Citizens are reminded that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to any public highway or street.
Minnesota law and many local ordinances, prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roadways.
Violations are considered misdemeanor violations which can carry varied degrees of legal consequences.
Civil penalties may also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard, such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump that contributes to a crash or personal injury.
Civil lawsuits, which include costly court proceedings, can extend to both the property owner and the person who actually placed the snow on the public roadway.
Improper snow placement can cause drainage problems, drifting, sight obstructions and dangerous conditions for pedestrians.
Matters such as these can also result in civil litigation and other legal penalties.