As Snowstorm Approaches, Somerville Residents Reminded to Remove Vehicles from Roadways

State law requires motorists to clear all snow from their cars, including hoods, roofs and trunk lids. Credits: Courtesy NJ State Attorney General's Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for central New Jersey for 6-12 inches of snow from Friday afternoon into Saturday evening. 

Steve Weinman, coordinator of the borough's Office of Emergency Management, reminds all residents that parking on snow covered streets is prohibited.

Removing vehicles from the streets allows for more efficent snow removal by borough road crews. 

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Snow-cleared roadways are also essential for police, fire and first aid vehicles, Weinman noted.

Somerville Police Chief Dennis Manning emphasized the importance of clearing all vehicles from the streets, making a difficult job more manageable.

"Our DPW guys are out there in the storm, and they want to do a good job, they want to plow the streets as best as they can," he said. 

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano is also reminding residents to assist local fire companies by digging out any fire hydrants in your neighborhood.

Residents can park in municipal parking lots should they not have off-street parking at their residence, according to Weinman.. 

The OEM is also asking that residents do not place snow from their property back into the streets after they have been plowed.

New Jersey law also requires motorists to remove all ice and snow from vehicles before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof.

Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle, according to the state Attorney General's office. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions.

Provenzano also suggests residents check generators for proper operation, and to  fuel for your car and food for your home.

Lorraine Sarra, president of the Somerville Business & Professional Association, also reminds merchants and landlords to clear snow from the sidewalks in front of their stores.

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