DC Leaders Want Fines For Snowy Sidewalks

7:04 PM, Jan 4, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC leaders say they want to make sidewalks safer for pedestrians in the winter months.

Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh and Ward 6 council member Tommy Wells introduced "winter sidewalk legislation," doling out $250 fines for people who don't clear the sidewalk of ice and snow during the winter months.

"I look forward to working with the new Chairman of the Committee to move this bill," said Cheh. "When residents, including children and seniors, walk outside, they should have a clear path on the sidewalk."

Cheh says municipal workers may be given the authority to hand out the fines where they see fit.

"Pedestrian safety should be a priority no matter what season it is," said Cheh. "Every year, though, the District wakes up during winter and rediscovers that the current scheme for enforcing sidewalk clearing is impractical and does not work."

The idea stems from other jurisdictions like New York City, Alexandria, Va., and Frederick, Md.

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