Snow piles that remain after Thursday’s storm can block motorists’ line of sight at intersections. Use extra caution, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz warns
SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove’s latest snow emergency declaration was discontinued Friday (Feb. 14, 2014) at 10 a.m., after being in place for about 29 hours through a significant snow storm, a weather lull, and then a second storm. Police Chief Michael Foltz, however, urges township residents to still be cautious.
The chief’s advice to drivers:
- Be conscientious of your speeds and the fact that the snow piles have traffic lanes restricted. Although the roads are clear, they are narrow; drive with care.
- Many intersections have very high snow piles for plow spoils, which severely impede the line-of-sight for traffic approaching those intersections. Be aware of this and enter intersections with caution. Plow crews will work to mitigate these issues as time allows.
- Motorists are reminded to clear snow and ice from the surface areas of their cars. The frozen snow and ice can fly off the car and become dangerous projectiles. If snow or ice are not properly removed, and results in damage or injury to another, the motorist is civilly liable and can be cited under the law with violation of Pennsylvania’s vehicle code with fines of between $200 and $1000.
- Finally, a reminder that all motorists must clear snow and ice from their windshields before traveling. Clearing snow and ice is a must on front, side and rear windows. Failing to so is a safety issue, and also is a primary violation for which police may stop you. A violation will cost motorists about $130 if they are cited for failing to clear their windows completely.
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