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The Police Warning Notice

 February 1, 2016                                                                                         

   Winter has arrived, and so has the enforcement of Borough ordinances and other State Laws, to help ensure that other neighbors, drivers, and pedestrians are safe. The WYBPD would like to make all residents aware of these laws and explain in detail what happens when a snow emergency is declared. If you have received the WYBPD warning notice shown above, or you have questions about it, the most important thing to remember is it is just a warning. You may receive this warning at your house, vehicle or some other property. It will show what violation is present, and it must be taken care of immediately, or a citation may be issued otherwise. It is always safe practice to contact the WYBPD if you have any questions regarding a warning notice you received, to ensure that you are taking care of the problem appropriately.


   First, if you read below, the Borough Ordinance 498, explains in detail how sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice. It is important to remember that, especially with a large snow storm, if roads are shut down people still try to get to where they are going, on foot. The sidewalks must be clear of snow and ice to ensure everyone’s safety, within 12 hours after the last snow fall.
   Second, we all know the biggest problem with snow, is having to shovel out a parking spot for your vehicle.  NO, just because you shoveled out a spot for your car, it does not mean that you now claim that spot; there are no reserved spaces on a public street. If vehicles are parked on the street, in way of the traffic lane, (ie. not within 12” from the curb), you vehicle can receive a parking ticket for this offense. 


   The WYBPD is lenient when dealing with a large snow storm or blizzard, but we are still adamant on enforcing the laws surrounding Snow Emergency Routes. The Snow Emergency Routes are explained in detail below, but just remember to look for the signs posted on any roadway. Pay attention to the news or Borough website. If your vehicle is parked on a Snow Emergency Route during a declared snow emergency, the vehicle will receive a parking ticket and will be towed from the street.



West York Borough Ordinance 498 §161

Owner of Property to Remove Snow and Ice from Sidewalk

The owner of every property fronting upon or alongside of any of the streets in the Borough of West York is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed from all of the sidewalks in front of or alongside of such property, all snow or ice thereon fallen or formed within twelve (12) hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or be formed. The snow or ice shall be removed to a width of not less than three (3) feet and shall not be shoveled into the gutters, crosswalks or cart ways, but shall be placed along the outer or inner edges of the sidewalk or walkway.


West York Borough Ordinance 358 §22

Ball Playing, Snowballing, Throwing Stones, or Other Missiles Prohibited

Ball playing, including the throwing, kicking or knocking of any ball, snowball and the throwing of any stone or other missile of any kind upon or onto any of the public streets, alleys or sidewalks in the Borough are prohibited.


PA Title 75: §4302.

Periods for requiring lighted lamps.

(a)  General rule.--The operator of a vehicle upon a highway shall display the lighted head lamps and other lamps and illuminating devices required under this chapter for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, at the following times:

(1)  Between sunset and sunrise.

(2)  Any time when the operator cannot discern a person or vehicle upon the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, including rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, smoke or smog.

(3)  Any time when the vehicle's windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including rain, snow, sleet or mist.


PA Title 75: § 3720  

Snow and ice dislodged or falling from moving vehicle.

When snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of the vehicle from which the snow or ice is dislodged or falls shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for each offense.


Snow Emergency Routes:

Snow Emergency Routes in West York Borough are as follows:

·         W. Market St. (State Route 462): 1000 block through 1800 block (City Line to West Manchester Township Line)

·         N. Highland Ave. (W. Market St. to Bannister St.)

·         S. Highland Ave. (W. Market St. to W. King St.)

·         1300 block of W. King St.

·         Hoke St. (W. King St. to College Ave.)

*Parking is prohibited and all vehicles must be removed from the above snow emergency routes.

*Ticket and towing will be in effect on snow emergency routes.


Media Alerts: Check out

·         Fox43, WGAL, YDR, York Dispatch, Municipal websites/Facebook


***Always check out the WYBPD Facebook for update alerts***


Winter Safety Tips

1). Please clear snow from parked vehicles ASAP to ensure that they are visible to plow operators.

2). PA Vehicle Code requires snow/ice be cleared from vehicles before driving on roadways. WYBPD will be enforcing this law.

3). Ensure that you inspect and clear ALL of your home/apartment exterior furnace and hot water vents from snow blockages to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning!

4). Be sure to clear off large amounts of snow from house roofs. The substantial weight of the snow can damage the roof and/or dislodge from the roof and fall onto pedestrians below.

5). Clear away snow/ice from all fire hydrants at least 3 feet from apparatus. 

To report any suspicious activity or crime CALL 911 immediately.


The WYBPD is hopeful that we can use the collaboration of the community and the information provided in this article, to help make residents aware of current laws surrounding declared snow emergencies. As well, to ensure our neighbors, other drivers, and pedestrians are safe during this winter season. If you would like to discuss any issues, have questions or comments please feel free to contact the West York Borough Police at 717-854-1975.

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