(KMOV) – A West St. Louis County suburb is handing out more parking tickets to keep drivers from parking on designated snow routes.
After a major snow storm hit last month, some city leaders expressed concerned that drivers were parking on snow routes, making it difficult for snow plows to do their jobs.
The city’s public works department declared a winter emergency after 2 inch of snow or a quarter inch of ice that has accumulated on the ground of a period of one hour or more. At that point, the city’s police department will issue citations to anyone parked on designated snow routes.
"I can see how it would be kind of tough to get the plows through there and for people that are trying to get off the streets and through to get to work. It could be kind of difficult if some the road is plowed and some of it isn't because someone parked on the street,” said resident, Michael McNichols.
City officials won’t confirm home many citations were given out during the last storm but it News 4’s Cory Stark was told it was many more that previous storms,