Dec 062018
 

Please be advised that depositing snow on state and municipal roads presents a danger to motorists and to road maintenance workers.  Clearing driveways often results in ridges of snow in the road that turn to ice.  These can cause damage to municipal equipment and, under certain conditions, can constitute road debris that can lead to crashes.

Likewise, piling and pushing snow into roadside banks creates walls of ice that present danger to road maintenance crews and their equipment.

Title 23 of the Vermont State Statutes, section 1126a states:

No person, other than an employees in the performance of his or her official duties or other person authorized by the agency of transportation (in the case of state highways) or selectboard (in the case of town highways), shall plow or otherwise deposit snow onto the traveled way, shoulder or sidewalk of a state highway or a class 1, 2,or 3 town highway.

 

            Title 19 of the Vermont State Statutes, section 1105 states:

 

A person, other than a municipality acting with respect to highways under its jurisdiction who places or causes to be placed an obstruction or encroachment in a public highway or trail, so as to hinder or prevent public travel, or to injure or impede a person traveling on the highway or trail, shall be fined not more than $1000.00 plus the actual cost of repairing the damage and a reasonable attorney’s fee, to be recovered in a civil action in the name of the town or state. One or more items of logging or other equipment temporarily within the right of way of a trail shall not be actionable under this section if located in such a way as not to unreasonably impede passage. If the court finds that an action under this section was brought without substantial basis, the court may award a reasonable attorney’s fee against the person bringing the action. Nothing in this section shall preclude the selectman from exercising regulatory authority granted under sections 304 an 1110 of this title.