Avoid tickets by heeding winter parking restrictions
November 5, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As Routt County residents dust off snow shovels and gas up the snow blowers, overnight winter parking restrictions are also in effect.
Restrictions are in place between Nov. 1 and April 30 in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek and Hayden.
Overnight parking restrictions in Steamboat Springs are as follows:
• No parking on Lincoln Avenue and Ski Time Square from 3 to 6 a.m.
• No parking from Anglers Drive south to city limits from midnight to 8 a.m.
• No parking on all other streets from 2 to 8 a.m.
In Hayden, parking on streets, alleys or highways is not allowed from midnight to 7 a.m., and in Oak Creek, overnight parking on Main Street is not allowed, and residents are asked to move cars parked on side streets within 24 hours of snowfall.
"There are winter parking restrictions in effect now, even if it hasn’t snowed in three months — even if it doesn’t snow all winter — because you never know when it’s going to," said Steamboat Springs Police Department Community Service Officer Supervisor Scott Shaffer.
Shaffer estimates about 2,000 citations and warnings are given out annually in Steamboat for violating overnight winter parking restrictions.
All city streets are under restrictions, but Shaffer said downtown is a problem area.
If you plan to leave your car downtown overnight, Schaffer recommended parking in a lot instead of the street. Lincoln Avenue is a priority for city snowplows. Arterial streets connecting the fire stations and hospital are plowed first, followed by side streets, secondary streets, parking lots and then alleys.
Parking is allowed at the Stock Bridge Transit Center for up to 72 hours without restrictions. Shaffer said if it snows, the city asks you to move your car to another spot to allow plows to clear the snow. In residential areas, Shaffer recommends making room in the driveway.
Even during the day, be sure your vehicle fits entirely within the yellow lines. Shaffer said people often park farther back in snow-filled spots to avoid getting stuck in the drift, but if a parked vehicle obstructs traffic, vehicle owners can be ticketed.
In the event that a vehicle breaks down or the locks are frozen, Shaffer encourages drivers to leave a note with a phone number and a brief explanation of the situation.
"If the snowplows are coming by and they see that, they might give you the benefit of the doubt," he said, though he was quick to add that plow drivers notice if they're frequently finding the same car with a note on it.