Fairfield Police remind residents of snow removal laws

Keith Reynolds is snow blowing his driveway on Old Field Road after a recent storm. (Mary Beth Lane Photo)

Keith Reynolds is snow blowing his driveway on Old Field Road after a recent storm. (Mary Beth Lane Photo)

Fairfield Police are reminding residents to remove snow from sidewalks and vehicles.

Failure to do so carries fines.

State law requires the operator of any motor vehicle to remove accumulated ice or snow from a motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof of the vehicle so flying snow does not pose a threat to people or property while the vehicle is being operated. The state fine is $120.

According to reports published yesterday, the state has raked in $27,000 from violations in the month and a half since the law went into effect Jan. 1.

Town ordinance mandates that Fairfield property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk along their property line within 24 hours after the storm and keeping them clear of snow and ice.

Heavily used sidewalks near schools and public buildings, and the commercial areas are particularly important, police said.

The fine for failing to remove snow is a minimum of $99.

Police echoed a plea from firefighters to clear snow in a 3-foot radius around fire hydrants.

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