The first official snow storm of winter is in our rear view mirror. But, there's plenty of winter left and more snow on the way in the near future.

Did you know that improperly removing snow from your driveway or vehicle could result in significant fines and potential jail time?


Ever blow/shovel the snow from you driveway onto the road?? Apparently, you should NOT do that.

It is illegal to shovel or plow snow onto roads, according to Minnesota Statute 160.2715. Eek!

The statute says "irregular snow placement on roadways can create driving hazards including drifting and sight obstruction, and if this law is violated it’s considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and 90 days in jail." This according to AAA Bail Bonds.

Yikes! Who knew? But wait, there's more.

Also see: The 10 Commandments of Winter Driving.

Leaving snow on your car is also a big no-no! It likely won't result in jail time, but it is illegal and definitely could you get you ticketed.

Ice or snow left on one’s vehicle while driving may be considered an “unsecured load.” The Minnesota Statute 169.81 states that no vehicle shall be driven if it carries a load that is not secure, “as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking, blowing, or otherwise escaping therefrom.”

Ice or snow caught falling or blowing from a vehicle onto the street can be considered littering, and guilty of a misdemeanor.

Minnesota State Patrol's Lt Eric Roeske tells WCCO, “you’re required to have your front windshield and front side windows clear as to not obstruct vision in any way.”

You may also like: How to Make the Ultimate Winter Driving Survival Kit.

"If you can't see out your windows, you're not only putting yourself, but everyone else on the road, in jeopardy." - Roeske.

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