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Record amounts of snow fell in some parts of the region over the weekend and now comes the time to remove it. However it's important to remember that it’s unlawful to shovel, blow or dump snow on state highway rights-of-way.

“Piling snow onto the highway right-of-way can create safety concerns for motorists,” says state Transportation Department Public Information Officer Kristi Sandal. “Snow piles can restrict sight distance, as well as present extreme hazards for vehicles that run off roads. Snow piles adjacent to roads may also cause additional drifting and visibility issues for travelers.”

Sandal says snow dumped onto the right-of-way also creates problems for crews trying to clear highways.

Those who choose to ignore the law may see penalties. Violators face Class 1 misdemeanors, which carry maximum penalties of one year in jail and $2,000 fines.
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