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South Dakota DOT warns residents not to dump excess snow in highway right of way


PIERRE, South Dakota — The South Dakota Department of Transportation is warning residents that it's illegal to place or dump excess snow on a highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Yankton area engineer Rod Gall says the recent snowstorm across South Dakota has deposited a large amount of snow, and the department is seeing an increase in violators.

Gall says the space within the right of way needs to be reserved for future snow that may fall on the road. He says that if the department's plow operators do not have a place to put that snow, it makes it difficult to clear roadways.

Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

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