Deer Lake residents warned to watch where they pile the white stuff while shoveling
© Star photo by Frank Gale
Stephenville resident Lloyd Pretty is seen blowing snow from his driveway recently. RCMP in the Town of Deer Lake are reminding residents that throwing snow onto cleared streets could be punishable by fines.
DEER LAKE To paraphrase fictional newscaster Howard Beale, Deer Lake staff members are âmad as hell, and they wonât take it anymore.â
Thatâs after the town has seen too many homeowners shoveling snow out of their driveways and depositing it onto streets.
Town officials called the Deer Lake RCMP, who in turn issued a warning to residents that dumping snow in the middle of a cleared street from their driveways is a fineable offence if theyâre caught or witnessed.
âWe keep having to go back and do the same streets two and three times because of this,â said Deer Lakeâs superintendent Dave Thomas.
â(In that situation) other people donât get their streets plowed in time, so we want to see people shovel their snow anywhere but in the street.â
Thomas said the town doesnât want to see people charged, but what they are doing is causing unnecessary danger. Deer Lake RCMP Sgt. Terry Foster, who issued the warning early Friday, agreed.
âTheyâre hazardous conditions out there and not just for drivers, theyâre putting out obstacles for pedestrians to trip over,â he said.
âItâs also something that could reduce visibility and weâd like to see it stop.â
Thomas said the snow needs to go anywhere that it doesnât get in the way of traffic, such as crushed near a curb or shoveled onto a lawn.
The police will be keeping an eye out, said Foster.