The arrival of winter also means heightened enforcement of on-street parking ordinances as snow-removal crews try to keep the streets clear of snow and ice.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office, which patrols the unincorporated areas of the county as well as the cities of South Weber, Fruit Heights and West Point, announced the county's overnight parking prohibition will be enforced and deputies will begin ticketing illegally parked cars.Capt. K.D. Simpson, sheriff's office patrol commander, said the county's ordinance prohibits on-street parking of vehicles, farm equipment and recreational vehicles between midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 through March 1.
Cities in Davis County all have similar ordinances and the sheriff's department urges residents to check on the ordinance that affects them.
In its patrol area the department will begin ticketing vehicles, Simpson said, to try to head off parking problems that in the past have resulted in streets not being adequately plowed, damage to parked vehicles and parked cars being snowed in.
"As snow-removal crews try to maneuver in and out of parked cars, some vehicles may be damaged," Simpson said. "Partially plowed roads, even in residential areas, can be quite hazardous to both vehicles and pedestrian traffic."
Simpson said the department is aware that the holiday season often brings out-of-state visitors and parties, requiring some on-street parking.
"People who have unusual circumstances or visitors may contact the sheriff's communications center (451-3555) for permission to park on the streets longer than the midnight deadline," Simpson said.
"We understand that parking problems can be a real headache. Residents who have been issued citations complain about the tickets and have a difficult time relating the violation to public safety.
"Many accidents, injuries and property damage have been the result of inadequate snow removal as a result of cars parked on the roadway," Simpson said.