The cleanup is underway in Springfield after more than three inches of snow blanketed the area Sunday night into Monday morning.
“I shovel it by hand, and it’s hard sometimes,” said Efrain Berrias of Springfield.
It can be a strenuous chore, but not shoveling a sidewalk could lead to a $50 fine.
“The city, if you don’t clean, they’ll give you a ticket,” said Springfield homeowner Peter Ortiz. “So, it’s better to clean it early in the morning.”
Also, you need to completely remove the snow from your car, or you could face a $1,000 fine.
There is no official Massachusetts law about clearing snow and ice from a car, but a driver who fails to do so can be cited for carrying an unsecured load.
“Clean the top, clean the hood especially,” said Orlando Guzman who’s a mechanic in Springfield. “I’ve seen cars with the hood still full of snow. When you’re driving it goes right onto your window and then you could end up in an accident.”
In addition to the $50 sidewalk fine and the unsecured load fine, people could be hit with a $25 fine for not clearing fire hydrants out within 24 hours of a storm. Fire departments urge people to shovel a three-foot area around the hydrant so firefighters can easily find and utilize it.