Contact Us

Be Careful: This Snow Shoveling Mistake Could Land You In Jail

ThinkStock; Steve Mason

With the recent snow storm that smacked us with over 10 inches of snow this past weekend in the Kalamazoo area, a lot of people were out shoveling their way out of their homes. Sometimes plow trucks do what they are paid and intended to do which is clear roads. However, sometimes clearing the roads may lead to build-up on or in front of driveways.

Shoveling snow from a part of your property back onto the roads is illegal according to Michigan law (section 257.677(a) of the Michigan Vehicle Code) which states, shoveling or plowing snow or ice onto any road or highway, or depositing snow on a road or road shoulder in such a way that it blocks motorists’ views of traffic is against the law.

Craig Bryson who is a spokesperson for the Oakland County Road Commission previously told WWJ Detroit:

All over town, people… either private contractors or businesses or in some cases, individuals will shovel their parking lots, driveways, et cetera, and push the snow back into the road. It can be a safety issue if people driving along don’t expect to have a bump or a pile or snow in their route. Secondly, if it’s severe enough, we have to go back and re-plow that section of road, which means our trucks can’t be somewhere else doing other important tasks.

This act is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of $100 or up to three months in jail. So be safe and keep each other safe this winter.

if only snow plow trucks worked like this in every city



Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

Best of Kalamazoo

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.