Acting Chief Richard Wildman reminds Middlebury residents of the town ordinance pertaining to parking during inclement weather:
The Middlebury Police will be enforcing the attached town ordinance during the upcoming storm. The police will not be knocking on doors to locate owners of abandon cars they will be towed.
People traveling should make sure they have a good safety kit which should include a blanket for each occupant, flashlight, shovel, first aid kit, flares, water, and energy bars.
What the police have seen in the past are people stuck in traffic for hours, so medication becomes an issue especially for diabetics.
In addition, if something happens between Exit 16 and Exit 17 off I84, Route 188 and Route 64 usually becomes the alternative routes and five or six miles becomes a two or three hour commute. 911 is for emergencies, not traffic reports.
Full Parking Ordinance Information
Parking During and After Snow and Ice Storms and Obstruction of Plowing and Sanding Operations
Section 1. (a) No vehicle may stand or park on any highway of the Town in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to traffic during the time of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain or to hamper or interfere with the effective removal or plowing of snow or removal of ice from said highway or the sanding of ice on said highway. Any vehicle so standing or parked is hereby declared to be a menace to traffic and dangerous to the general welfare of the public.
Section 2. If any prosecution or proceeding under the provisions of this section, the registered owner of any such vehicle shall prima facie be presumed to have parked or to have authorized the parking of said vehicle in violation of this Section.
Section 3. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty ($20.00) Dollars nor more than Thirty-Five ($35.00) Dollars.
Section 4. In addition to the foregoing penalty, such vehicle left standing on the highway in violation of this Section maybe removed in accordance with Section 14-150 of the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut.