Nov. 15, 2011 — We may be enjoying the final gasps of fall right now, but one thing is certain — the winter driving season will soon be upon us.
Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in our region of Northeastern California should be ready and able to care for themselves and their vehicle in the event of an expected or unexpected storm.
Now is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. Make sure you prepare your car by checking tires, windshield wipers and your battery before winter arrives.
Of course, it’s probably better to stay off the roadways during a winter storm, but if you have to drive remember to slow down.
Reducing your speed is probably the most effective safety decision a motorist can make.
Don’t forget to carry snow chains in your vehicle — they may be required at any time.
Motorists should also pay attention to where they leave their vehicle during stormy weather or their vehicle may be towed away.
A city ordinance goes into effect in Susanville whenever there is more than three inches of snow on the street.
During these conditions, no vehicle may be parked or left unattended on any city street; vehicles may be towed immediately at the owner’s expense.
And, according to the California Vehicle Code, vehicles left on any public street or alley for more than 72 hours may be towed at the owner’s expense.
If you have any questions on the city’s ordinance, contact the Susanville Police Department 257-5603 or stop by the station at 1801 Main St.
There are some restrictions on county roads, too. A county ordinance requires vehicles to be parked off the county’s roadways during storms.
Vehicles may not “obstruct, delay or hinder the county’s snow removal efforts,” according to the ordinance. Vehicles in violation of the ordinance can be towed immediately.
County staffers say while that restriction applies to any county road, compliance with the ordinance is especially important in the county’s more populated areas such as Westwood and Lake Forest.
The county takes its snow removal duties seriously.
The county is divided into five districts and each district has two graders and three plow trucks.
Each district has about five employees.
That means during a storm the county has about 25 employees and 25 vehicles clearing snow from about 350 miles of paved roads in Lassen County. At some time during the winter, the county crews may plow more than 500 miles of roads.
It’s not here yet, but it’s a sure bet the winter weather will be here sooner than you expect. Now’s the time to get ready.
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