PIERRE, S.D. – In the wake of recent snow storms, the South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding residents 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.
It is the policy of the state Transportation Department to remove snow that may be a safety hazard when piled on the highway right-of-way.
Violators face Class 1 misdemeanors, which carry maximum penalties of one year in jail and $2,000 fines.
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