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In Your Opinion: Don’t Throw/Blow Snow Into The Street

By Robert Trautmann, Somerset.

I have lived in New Jersey my entire life and, other than my parent’s home, I have lived in Franklin longer than any other town. I like it here. It’s a great community and great place to raise my family. However, at the risk of sounding like a cranky old man shaking my fist at kids on my lawn, I must lodge one complaint against the township.  Actually it’s not against the township, but many of its residents.  Before moving to Franklin seven years ago, I had never witnesses such widespread and blatant violations of the law and, frankly, downright rudeness.

I am speaking, of course, of people who shovel or snowblow the snow from their driveways or sidewalks into the road. If you are lucky enough to be one of the fist out after the conclusion of a snowstorm here in town, I guarantee you that you will see multiple people shooting the snow from their driveway into the center of the road. Some won’t even pause as you pass and throw the snow on to your vehicle. Last year my car was actually hit at the same time from snowblowers on opposite sides of the street.

I cannot believe I actually have to write and make this appeal, but it occurs with each snowstorm. People, please stop. Throwing the snow from your driveway into the road is rude. It’s illegal. Most importantly, it’s unsafe and could really hurt someone.

 

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