Plowed-in driveways frustrate residents

February 16, 2010 3:12:23 PM PST
Tuesday's snow following last week's storm is giving homeowners a real workout from shoveling. It can be frustrating when a snow plow then pushes a big pile of snow right in front of a driveway.

Now there's a push to make that illegal in some towns.

Tiffany Perez was shoveling for the first time today, but she worries it won't be her last.

"I'll be back out here tonight shoveling more snow," Perez said.

Perez and some of her neighbors here in Bloomfield complain that after they're done clearing their driveways, the plow truck operators push the snow right back in.

"You go to the effort of clearing the snow and you come out an hour or so later, the snow plow pushed the snow back up," Donald Simpson said.

State Senator Ronald Rice is introducing legislation that would impose fines on contractors whose plow trucks block otherwise cleared driveways with snow.

"These contractors have no compassion for homeowners and taxpayers," Rice said.

Senator Rice says it's not just about the inconvenience of having to shovel your driveway twice. He's worried about if a family had an emergency and tried to rush out, their driveway would be blocked.

We found one plow truck driver who says he understands why homeowners complain.

"Yes, sometimes people block my driveway," Scott Garrett said.

Senator Rice's bill would also limit the speed limit for plow trucks working in the snow.