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Halifax police advising people about parking as snow banks narrow roadways

Motorists are reminded parking when less than three metres width of roadway remains for traffic is an offence.

A woman clears snow from her driveway in Halifax on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, following a major winter storm that hit the Maritimes.

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A woman clears snow from her driveway in Halifax on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, following a major winter storm that hit the Maritimes.

Police are reminding people to be extra vigilant when parking, thanks to narrow roadways caused by recent snowfall.

In a media release, Halifax Regional Police said in some areas of the city vehicles are parked on either side of already narrow roads.

Due to the size of many snow banks, passing vehicles can no longer safely get through.

“If an emergency vehicle or snow plows can’t get through, that’s a huge problem,” Halifax Regional Police Const. Dianne Penfound said in an interview.

“Before they park, we want the public to think ‘Can an emergency vehicle get through here?’ That’s the most important thing.”

Motorists are reminded that under the Motor Vehicle Act, stopping or parking in a business or residential area where less than three metres width of roadway remains for traffic is an offence.

The penalty is a ticket of $61.60 and the possible towing of your vehicle.

“We know it’s frustrating with the limited parking especially downtown and with the snow banks out (into the road),” Penfound said.

“That’s all understandable but we all have to try and work together to make the roads safe and passable.”

Penfound said they hadn’t issued parking tickets since Monday’s storm and didn’t want to, which is why they were issuing the reminder.

“We know people are having a hard time, but safety first,” she said.  

People are encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020 if they observe any parked vehicles preventing other vehicles from passing through.

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