Wouldn't it be nice to just shovel the snow from your driveway into the street, making it the snowplow's problem? While it sounds nice and would get your grass cleared more quickly, it is definitely illegal (and dangerous) to do this in Minnesota.

The law is not a two-way street, however, as the plow is definitely well within its rights to dump snow FROM the road INTO your driveway. And yes, it does count as a Christmas gift when done in December.

It all comes down to Minnesota Statute 160.2715:

"(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to:

(1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon and (b) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor."

For all the hardcore rebels out there who are still considering this, please know that the punishment is (potentially) a strong deterrent for this- you could end up with a $700 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash
Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash

This week we are supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow, then a bit of a melting this weekend before another huge storm on Tuesday.... I'm not sure this winter will ever end.


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