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Winter driving tips and snow removal

Article Published 12/29/2014

The following are tips from the Layton City Police Department to keep you safe during the winter driving season:
•Prepare your vehicle for winter driving. Make sure you have good snow tires that are properly inflated. Ensure the defrost system is in good working condition.
•Do you drive a 4x4? Remember 4-wheel drive may help you get going, but it won't help you stop quicker. In fact, larger trucks and SUV's weigh more and take longer to come to a stop.
•Clean all snow and frost from your windows before driving.  
•If the weather is bad, postpone or cancel unnecessary travel.
•Wear your seat belt.
•Drive with lights on.
•Drive slow. Make slow and deliberate adjustments. Quick turns, braking, and acceleration may cause sliding.
•Increase your following distance. Begin braking and slowing early.
•Make room for snowplows. Remember the road ahead of them is worse.  If you must pass a snowplow, pass on the left only.
•Avoid multi-tasking. Stay off the phone and other devices. Concentrate on driving without any distractions.
•Remember that road conditions change ahead of you.  Bridges, overpasses, and shady areas may have ice when other areas do not.
•Be patient.
Snow Removal:
The Layton Police Department would also like to remind residents about parking restrictions and snow removal responsibilities.
• Parking on the street between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from December 1st through the end of February is prohibited.
• In addition to the above restriction, parking on the street is prohibited any time the need to remove snow from the streets is apparent or imminent. 10.62.010
• All snow, sleet, hail, or other precipitation impairing the safe access and use of the sidewalks that abut property, must be removed within 12 hours from the end of the depositing storm. 12.4.50
• It is unlawful to push snow or other material from any driveway or sidewalk into a street that is plowed for the purpose of snow removal by the City. 12.04.060
-For questions, contact the Layton Police Department at 801-497-8300.