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St. Charles police remind motorists of winter parking rules

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Winter parking restrictions will be in effect when snowfalls total 2 inches or more, the St. Charles Police Department said in a news release about winter public safety information and snow routes.

Through April 30 in St. Charles, vehicles must not be parked on uncleared streets designated as snow routes when accumulations reach at least 2 inches.

By not parking on snow routes when there is freshly fallen snow, motorists will ­allow city streets to be swiftly cleared, which makes traveling safer, the news release states.

Motorists year-round must not park on any public street or public place for more than 24 consecutive hours. This not only ensures vehicles are in proper working order, but also lets city workers clean and plow side streets.

Vehicles are also not allowed to park on or over a sidewalk except between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when vehicles may be parked in residential zones on the portion of the sidewalk that connects the driveway and the driveway apron.

Motorists should not leave their cars unattended to warm the engines or to briefly go inside.

It is against state law to leave vehicles unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key.

Car thieves look for vehicles left running and unattended, especially around convenience stores and gas stations, the news release states.

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