[Amended 1-11-1995 by Ord. No. 420C]
In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of snow and ice on the streets of Hatfield Township, the Chief of Police, in his discretion, may declare a snow and/or ice emergency. Information on the existence of a snow and/or ice emergency shall be given by the Township through radio, newspaper or other available media and information on the termination of the emergency may be given by use of the same media.
[Amended 1-11-1995 by Ord. No. 420C]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Full chains, strap chains or other types of chains mounted on the driving wheels of a motorized vehicle.
- SNOW AND/OR ICE EMERGENCY
- A snow emergency shall exist upon a snow fall accumulation of two inches or more during any period in which Hatfield Township snow plowing and snow removal equipment shall be operating on the streets and roads within Hatfield Township; providing however, that such periods shall not exceed more than 72 hours after the cessation of a snow fall. An ice emergency shall exist when the Chief of Police, at his discretion, determines that ice accumulation has created a condition hazardous to the health, safety and welfare of Hatfield Township.
- SNOW TIRES
- Snow tires with sufficient tread to allow self-propelled vehicles to move through streets having two inches or more of snow thereon.
- All self-propelled motorized vehicles using Township streets and highways including taxicabs but excluding other public transportation.
Whenever the Township declares a snow and/or ice emergency, no owner or occupier of any premises or his or her guest or business invitee shall park any vehicle on any street or highway of the Township except the following:
[Amended 11-19-2014 by Ord. No. 655]
North Ford Drive;
South Ford Drive;
Hertford Drive, from Elroy Road to Towamencin Avenue;
Jean Drive, from Towamencin Avenue to Fairgrounds Road;
Towamencin Avenue, from Providence Lane to Forty Foot Road.
It shall be unlawful to throw, shovel or plow snow into or upon any roads and streets within the Township from adjoining property with the intent of allowing such snow to remain on such roads and streets.
Any person who drives a vehicle without snow tires or chains upon any street or road located within Hatfield Township, and said vehicle becomes stalled or incapable of moving under its own power or the driver leaves said vehicle unattended, shall be constituted as a violation of this article and is subject to the penalties set forth below.
Any vehicle parked, stalled or incapable of moving under its own power or left unattended upon any street or road in a manner which hampers snow removal efforts within Hatfield Township may be removed or towed at the owner's expense to another location at the direction of the Hatfield Township Police Department or other authority as authorized by the Township Commissioners.
[Amended 5-22-2002 by Ord. No. 488]
Any driver or owner violating the provisions of this article, upon conviction before a District Justice, shall pay a fine of $15, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment, undergo imprisonment for not more than five days. If, however, the violator should within 72 hours after violation voluntarily appear at the Hatfield Township Police building and indicate the desire to plead guilty to the offense charged and pay a fine of $15 to Hatfield Township, no prosecution shall be pursued.
In regard to violations, other than parking violations, the fine for the first offense shall be $25 and any second or subsequent offense including parking violations shall be punishable by a fine of up to $600. If in default of any said fine payments, the violator shall undergo imprisonment for not more than 10 days.