Generic: Cars in the snow

RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -- Drivers in Raytown are required to have snow tires or chains on their vehicles.

This comes after the city put their emergency snow ordinance in effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Raytown police say drivers who do not have chains or snow tires and become stalled on the streets may be ticketed.

Some people wondered, “What about people who can’t afford new tires or chains?”

“None of us drive with chains on our tires because we don’t really need to anymore, but our all-weather tires do the same thing, so what’s the big deal with the city ordinance?” said Robert Atkins, who lives in Raytown.

The city administrator said the ordinance’s main goal is to keep the main streets clear so they can be treated.

Although the ordinance says snow tires and chains are required, officials said all-weather tires are ok. People can face a fine up to $500 if they stall and don’t have the right tires.

Zero tickets were handed out on Thursday.

Officers urge that drivers must remove all vehicles parked on the following designated snow routes:

  • Blue Ridge Cutoff
  • Blue Ridge Boulevard
  • Raytown Road
  • Raytown Trafficway
  • Sterling from Blue Ridge Boulevard to north city limit
  • Woodson Road from Blue Ridge Boulevard to 75th Street
  • Westridge
  • 53rd Street from Woodson Road to Raytown Road
  • 55th Street from west city limit to Raytown Road
  • 56th Street from Raytown Road to Blue Ridge Boulevard
  • 59th Street
  • 63rd Street
  • 67th Street
  • Terrace from Lane to Raytown Road
  • Gregory Boulevard
  • 75th Street from Elm to Westridge
  • 79th Street from Raytown Road to west city limit
  • 83rd Street
  • 87th Street from Raytown Road to west city limit

"Vehicles in violation of the ordinance are subject to a fine and the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense. By keeping vehicles off of these roadways, emergency vehicles including Police, Fire, EMS and Ice Response are able to respond to degrading conditions more efficiently," police said in a release. 

The city urges all vehicles to be removed from all streets throughout the city.

"If on-street parking cannot be avoided, please park all vehicles on the South or West side of the road to allow a clear path for emergency vehicles on roadways," police said.

Road crews are working to ensure all Raytown roadways are properly treated and will be responding to the storm around the clock until roads are adequately cleared.

There were people in town like Sean Ledger Wood who were just staying on the safe side on Thursday, driving only if they had to and taking the best car they have for the snow.

“I talked to my daughter about that because I didn’t want her driving,” said Sean Ledger Wood, who lives in Raytown. “She had all-weather tires, but they aren’t snow tires.”

In a snow emergency, Kansas City and Independence will tow you, but they won’t ticket you. Overland Park also has a tire restriction ordinance that says tires need to be in good working condition to drive in conditions like this.

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