The Hayden Police Department gave out a slew of warnings Sunday morning for residents who parked in the street and impeded snow removal efforts.
The first significant snow storm of the season brought almost two feet of snow and 18 warning notices to Hayden residents.
Hayden's municipal ordinance does not allow on-street vehicle parking between midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 31. Those parked on the street are at risk of being ticketed or towed on the spot, Hayden police Officer Ed Corriveau said.
"We go through this every year for the first two weeks of winter," he said.
At about midnight Sunday, as snow crews were getting started in Hayden, Corriveau started handing out warnings to vehicles parked in the street.
Repeat offenders will be ticketed or towed, Corriveau said. The fine is $20, and the owners have to pay for the cost of towing.
"Usually we have the same people every year who have to move. They can't seem to get it through their heads that it's that time of year," he said.
Sunday was the first night the snowplows were out, Corriveau said. Crews face significant difficulties when vehicles are parked on the street.
Corriveau said it is illegal for residents to throw snow back into the street after the snow plows have come through. If residents are caught doing so, they have to pay a fine and are responsible for any accident or damage that could result from the added snow on the street.
"It is a problem every year, and it is already beginning," he said.
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