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Shoveling Do's and Don'ts

KETTERING -- Shoveling snow has become all too common this winter. And depending on where you dump the snow, you could be unintentionally breaking the law.

Driving along a neighborhood road in Kettering on Wednesday night, the sidewalks are almost indistinguishable from the street. The entire scene looks like a snowy field, which is bad enough, but some folks are making it worse when they clear their own properties.

"A lot of people probably didn't realize it. They're not allowed to throw it in the road," Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore explained on Wednesday.

Dumping snow on the roads means even more man-hours from city plows tackling roads around the clock. Not to mention it's a serious traffic liability.

"If you throw it into the roadway and someone has a crash you could be held liable and if somebody slides off and hits a tree or something and  it's because you put snow in the roadway you could be cited," Moore added.

The same could hold true when it comes to shoveling your sidewalk. Ohio law does not require a homeowner to clear the sidewalk, and if you choose to it's at your own risk.

"If you clear the sidewalk it thaws and refreezes and someone slips and falls, a lawsuit come against you for that reason," Moore continued.

When it comes to clearing snow move it to the front yard, or side yard, just make sure it's your yard. The best way to stay out of trouble is to follow one basic rule: if  it's on your property, it has to stay on your property.

 
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