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Officials: Snow warnings a matter of safety

February 17, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

Municipalities across the Tri-State region issued snow emergency proclamations warning motorists of dangerous road conditions and advising residents to keep their cars out of the paths of snow plows.

"The point is to try and keep people off the road so snow plows can negotiate and don't have stalled vehicles in the road blocking their path," Washington Township Supervisor Paul Benchoff said.

He issued the snow emergency proclamation at 11 a.m. It recommends residents limit their travel to only essential or emergency trips through noon today.


Benchoff said he didn't recall the last time the township issued an emergency proclamation, but said it happens when there are hazardous conditions from snow, ice or flooding.

"We do this whenever there are 4 inches of snow or more," said Louis Barlup Jr., mayor of Waynesboro, Pa.

Barlup said he declared the snow emergency after borough Superintendent of Maintenance Denny Benchoff advised him of the road conditions at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

The notice advised residents to remove their vehicles parked along Main Street between Clayton to Fairview avenues and on South Potomac Street between West Main and Second streets or face citation and towing.

"They are the most traveled areas," Barlup said.

He said the staff makes every effort to track down the vehicle's owner.

"We're not trying to punish anyone. It is to expedite the removal of snow," Barlup said.

The Martinsburg Police Department issued its snow emergency plan at 3 p.m. Sunday, designating Queen Street between Commerce and Stephen streets and King Street between Spring and Charles streets as snow emergency routes.

Vehicles traveling along those routes must be equipped with chains, snow tires, all-season radial tires or be in a four-wheel drive vehicle engaged in four-wheel drive mode.

During the snow emergency, vehicles are not allowed to park along the designated routes.

The plan is in effect until the chief of police determines conditions are safe enough to lift it, according to Martinsburg Police.

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