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580 Vehicles Ticketed During Snow Emergency in Dearborn

City leaders emphasized that residents are given numerous notifications of snow emergencies.

A snow emergency called Wednesday evening in Dearborn and lasting until 3 p.m. Thursday resulted in 580 citations for improper parking on streets, the Dearborn Police Department confirmed Friday.

When a snow emergency is called, residents are required to park their vehicles off of the streets in order to allow for efficient and effective snow plowing by city plows.

However, according to residents, there are often still cars left on the streets in many neighborhoods during these times.

“I hope the restriction is enforced,” Patch reader Pam commented. “It really causes problems on the street when the plow has to go around these vehicles.”

Dearborn Chief of Police Ronald Haddad shared that officers were out issuing citations between 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

According to a department statement, “officers were given a residential section map and directed to cite all vehicles found in violation on the emergency routes first, then to fan out into the neighborhoods and cite complaint areas. Officers were asked to use a great deal of discretion with our residents attempting to comply with removing their vehicles from the public streets.”

The compliance rate, according to the department, was around 60-70 percent on emergency routes and around 30-40 percent on neighborhood streets.

Of the 580 citations written, 378 were in east Dearborn; 202 were in west Dearborn.

The City of Dearborn responded to some resident questions about plowing on the Dearborn Patch Facebook page:

The City of Dearborn would like to thank all of the residents who moved their parked vehicles off the streets and helped our crews with safety and efficiency. Hopefully, all residents will get back in the routine with the second snowfall. We sounded the sirens at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. so that no one would need to move their vehicles in the early morning hours when the crews began. The 4 a.m. start was chosen for several reasons: public safety, the rate of the snowfall, wise use of personnel in the best timeframe (snowplow drivers have hourly limits for safety reasons), and a shift scheduled to best manage overtime costs and minimize residents' inconvenience. Crews were out salting on Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. Snowplows work best after three inches of snow. Dearborn has 266 miles of local roads to plow. Wayne County takes care of major roads, as well as the state roads. If you ever think your neighborhood road was inadvertently missed, call DPW at 313-943-2107.

Both the Dearborn Police Department and city stressed that residents should utilize a number of options to stay abreast of snow emergencies in order to move their cars at the appropriate times:

  • Sign up for Nixle alerts, which send an email and text message to users from the police department for such issues as road closures, crime alerts, and snow emergencies. Sign up at Nixle.com, and for further instructions, see the PDF attached to this article.
  • Call the city’s Snow Plowing hotline at 313-943-2444.
  • Watch CDTV and check local media—including Dearborn Patch and the Dearborn Press and Guide, as well as some regional media outlets—which always publicize snow emergencies.
  • Follow the City of Dearborn on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Lastly, listen for the sirens, which go off at the start of a snow emergency.

Want to make sure you know when a snow emergency is called in Dearborn? Sign up for newsletter and breaking news alerts from Dearborn Patch. We will issue an alert when the emergency is called, and inform you when it’s over.

m vanhorn December 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Residents are not given propper notice. This is my first winter in michigan after buying a house here. This is the only city i havr lived in that does not post signs regarding snow emergency parking regulations.. the first notice I received that parking was not allowed on my street due to plowing concerns was a ticket.. absolutely redicilous not to inform people prior to writing them a ticket. A siren does not tell people you cant park on the street.
AC December 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Did you think the sirens portended an aerial bombardment?
Donna Hay December 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I don't even hear the sirens in my house.
Tom Laundroche December 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
An abundance of signs in neighborhoods is considered an eyesore by modern planners. Perhaps the agent who found your new home for you could have provided city information. In any event the above story shows there are many sources of information available.
City of Dearborn (Editor) December 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
In a way, you're lucky, Donna. I think one of the sirens is positioned directly outside my kitchen window :-)
Rachel L December 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Use common sense. If there's more than 3 inches of snow get your car off the street (even if there isn't an emergency declared). What is it really going to hurt?
Rachel L December 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
If you didn't know what the siren meant, then you should have been calling the non-emergency police line and asking. They gladly would have told you.
jdamianlapko December 29, 2012 at 05:41 PM
sign up for a text message from the city. That worked for me. I don't hear the sirens in the winter either
Millie December 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It was on news all day before tv, radio, on line...etc. I am glad they enforced it.
Arthur Foster December 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I did not hear the siren. I am not deaf and am not an idiot. I think the siren was not working in my area. There were others on my block that were parked on the street that received tickets. I looked on the Dearborn Website when the storm started and the word that confused me the most in the snow emergency description was "may" included in the verbage - check it out! The penalty of $40-$80 is outrageous. The city is bragging because they made $23,200.00 off their citizens. Shame on Dearborn for that! $10-$20 would be a reasonable fee and still get the cars off the street during a snow storm. What I would like to see is for Dearborn to ticket garage sellers that don't take their signs down after their sale has ended. Their address is on the sign and the ticket could be mailed to them. This would be a much better way to generate revenue and make the city look better! Even help to pay for the snow plows!!!
chris gaines December 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Too bad no enforcement for residents who fail to shovel their walkways
Lee Jacobsen December 30, 2012 at 02:34 AM
AC, they do test the sirens once a month, it was just 'chance' that snow was on the ground.
Lee Jacobsen December 30, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Chris, the city of Detroit gives out tickets for not shoveling your walk, even if there is no snow.....they need the money. I get one every year, for a warehouse! Dearborn needs the money..... Regarding Dearborn cars off the street during a snow emergency, according to the law last year, we can't park across sidewalks for any amount of time during a snow emergency as handicapped folks won't be able to shovel the sidewalks. http://www.deepsaidwhat.com/2011/12/18/new-snow-emergency-rules-in-dearborn/ Some folk have limited parking in driveways, that means other options?? I am assuming it is ok to park in the front yards and back yards as long as the sidewalk is not blocked.
Lee Jacobsen December 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
If cars must be off the streets, and cannot block the sidewalks, see here..... http://www.deepsaidwhat.com/2011/12/18/new-snow-emergency-rules-in-dearborn/ then is there any law prohibiting parking on the front lawns if the driveways are not an option?
dmn December 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I think anyone who has lived in Dearborn long enough know that there will probably be a snow emergency if there is more than three inches of snow. Know how long you must stay off the road is another thing. And most frustrating is when you follow the rules and then the plow goes down the street but doesn't plow. I watched that happen on my street on the west end and just couldn't believe it. What's the use?
bitsy08 December 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I live in Dearborn Heights and we have a book you can pick up that lists the do's and don'ts for the city regulations. Since Dearborn seems to be better in all ways and more progressive than my city, I'd bet they have a similar booklet. It seems to me that when you move into a city, you should make sure you have a copy of this booklet. Did you also know that shoveling snow into the street is against the law? I pulled over to tell a guy who lives on Telegraph near Gulley last year and he just yelled at me. Too bad there wasn't a cop around. I'm tired of people not knowing the rules in their city and then complaining because they get a ticket. What's more, Arthur, $10-$20 won't prevent them from doing it again. That's why they make it so expensive. If they hurt your pocketbook enough, you've learned your lesson. Same with the grass. I was shocked when I learned how much the city charges if they have to come out and cut your grass. They give you enough warnings to cut it yourself and if you don't, they charge you a WHOPPING big fee. Lesson learned.
Diane Cliff December 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I was using my snow blower and was able to hear the alarms. They went off a number of times, but there were still cars left out on our street - and no tickets issued. But, the plows never came so I guess it was a moot point. I was very disappointed to see those shoveling snow at St. Barbara's putting everything into the side street and Schaefer.
Tom B December 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM
How about this? If you don't get your car off of the street when it snows, you may get a ticket. Common sense. But when you do get a ticket-COMPLAIN to Patch. It is on the news; in the calendar; a siren; on radio, whenever there is a snow emergency. So who is responsible to find out about this stuff-YOU.
Youssef January 02, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I totally agree! And With respect to those with disabilities, and/or senior citizens. I'm sure the city can figure out a way to exempt those properties. (post a city approved/distributed sign in the window maybe?)
POWDERBURNER January 03, 2013 at 07:26 PM
At least you're not forced to cut grass on a huge county lot like the 92 year old veteran down the street thanks to Woronczech. There's more than one way this city should be ashamed of itself. And they do not always give out warnings, and blatently lie about their policies.
M. Imsosure January 05, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I like that idea about garage sales signs. I live on a corner of a busy street and have to clean up signs and balloons, etc. all summer long.
M. Imsosure January 05, 2013 at 06:14 PM
My neighbor has a car on jackstands next to his house. There is no room in his driveway for the three cars they drive. So, he ALWAYS is blocking the sidewalk or leaving a car in the street. The plow goes around him and pushes a mound of snow in my drive. I saw a police SUV stop in front of the house during last weeks snow after the plow went by, but no ticket, the cop just drove away. I have never seen him or the neighbor across the street get a ticket for blocking the sidewalk and they do it every day for hours and sometimes overnight. I guess the parking enforcement is for the shoppers in West Dearborn's paid lots and not for the disabled with wheelchairs or scooters and the mothers with strollers in our neighborhoods.
Lee Jacobsen January 06, 2013 at 02:09 AM
M..... I am sure you have advised the police of the infractions, and , unless the neighbors are 'connected', they will end up getting tickets if they are breaking the law. Parking enforcement cannot read minds, that is where the neighborhood helps out. Sometimes we forget. Reminds me of the time decades ago that I forgot to remove some unlit electric christmas candles, one per window, on my house. These were behind the blinds, on the sill, so from the inside they were out of sight (out of mind). It must have bugged a neighbor, for in Feb an officer knocked on my door and kindly asked me to take them down, which I did . Sometimes it is nice to have neighbors to help out when we forget. I saw them everyday and yet did not see them. Bottom line? Ask enforcement to give your neighbors a reminder. Let them park in their front yard. The car on jacks? He can park that on any street in Detroit and removal the next day will be free, and not by the police.
CityResid February 08, 2013 at 12:51 AM
We have 6 cars and can't fit the, all in driveway. Wasn't a "rule" when we bought the house and had children who now drive and have cars. Streets were plowed just fine before the new "rule". It is just another way for the city to issue tickets and make money. If they donate the money raised to charity or build several lots where residents can park during the snow "emergencies" it would look better. And, visiting people aren't going to be aware of these rules without posting. The trash day one is even worse for them.
CityResid February 08, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I can't believe all the whining "call the city on your own neighbor" people on here. How "friendly".
Lee Jacobsen February 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
City....did you really read his email? Cars on jackstands for extended periods of time may be alright in Detroit, where shady business is a matter of pride, but Dearborn is better than that. Blocking the sidewalk is not necessary, just park in your front yard. The most cars that I have had parked in my yard, both front and back, on the grass, at one time, has been either nine or ten. All of them run. The sidewalks were not blocked and the road was clear. The neighbors understand. If they don't, then educate them. Invite them to block parties, talk over issues, and have fun. When you have another 'car' party, make sure their car is invited. Hard to complain when your car is also parked on the grass! It is tougher in the winter, perhaps neighbors with excess driveway space will be willing to loan you some car room in exchange for keeping a closer eye on their house.? Keeping it friendly is the key, but sometimes there is a reason that car is on jack stands. In Detroit, we know the reason, (often even jack stands are missing) but in Dearborn, there could be several reasons. A good neighbor would inquire and help out. Last week our paperboy missed a turn, hit an island, ripped out his front suspension , and ended up in front of our house. Clues tell the story. Undelivered papers, flat tires, 2 days later, arrangements were made and the car departed via flatbed. Patience also helps until all the reasons are known.
laplateau February 08, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Lee...am I reading you correctly? You park numerous cars on both your front and back lawns? Are you kidding me or what? I can't believe you don't know this illegal. Wow...9 or 10 of them at a time? And you have never gotten a ticket? I am certainly thankful I don't live next door to you, \or anywhere in your neighborhood.
Lee Jacobsen December 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Lap, this is a very old thread, but it has resurfaced regarding parking cars. The most cars ever parked in my yard was 23. Parking numerous cars in the front or back yard, classic MG little cars, is an improvement to the neighborhood, and is only for 3-4 hours, a party of course, and the yard is designed for that purpose. Abandoned cars on jacks, no way!!!

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