Winter Driving Tips & Snow Ordinance
Obey the Snow Ordinance
When predictions or occurrences indicate a snow emergency parking ban, a proclamation will be publicized throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 24 hour period after the storm has stopped, provided streets have been fully re-opened. Violators of the ordinance are subject to a parking ticket of $15. If necessary, the vehicle will be impounded, resulting in additional administrative fees ($25), along with towing and storage charges from the towing operator. Towing and storage fees are assessed by the tow operator. Click here to view the ordinance.
Safe Winter Driving Tips
- Slow Down! Drive according to road and weather conditions. Remember, the posted speed limits are for ideal conditions and dry pavement.
- Clear snow and ice from ALL windows and lights especially the hood and roof, before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping and brake early. It takes more time to stop when roads are wet, snow covered or icy.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and snow plows - stay back at least 15 car lengths (200 feet), and don’t pass on the right.
- Watch for icy surfaces on bridges as bridge decks will ice up first.
- Pay attention to traffic up ahead. Actions by other drivers will and give you extra time to react and alert you to problems.
- Semi’s or large trucks take longer to stop - don't cut in front of them.
- Adjust to Road Conditions - the faster your vehicle is going, the more distance it will take to turn, slow, or stop.
- Allow extra time. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination when roads may be slick. Consider delaying your trip.
- Buckle your seat belt. (It’s the law anyway)
- Don't use your cruise control during winter conditions. Even roads that appear clear can have sudden slippery spots and the short touch of your brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Know the current road conditions. Call 511 or log onto the winter road conditions report website.