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Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Highway Department and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that snow deposited on the roadways can be hazardous to unsuspecting drivers, including snowplows. Snow piled in the right-of-way can cause unnecessary drifting and sight obstructions and drainage problems.

Jensen said that Minnesota Statute 160.2715 clearly makes it unlawful to deposit snow or ice on any public roads. This includes plowing, blowing or shoveling. Any violation of that section is a misdemeanor.

Fillmore County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Brent Kohn said that their office will be working closely with the Sheriff's Office to address the problem. Anyone who violates the statute will be asked to correct the problem or face possible charges.

Kohn said, "The excessive snow from the above normal snowfall last year created a lot of problems for the snow plow drivers. This year we want to get the word out before it gets to be a problem."

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