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Why Shoveling Your Sidewalk Is More Important Than You Think

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - There's nearly 450 miles of major streets, side streets and trunk lines within Lansing and the city hopes to have all the snow cleared out by Saturday.
 
Armed with shovels and snow blowers, many tackled the intensive chore of clearing their sidewalks and driveways, some with a little help from youth volunteers.

But it wasn't all so much a choice. A city ordinance requires everyone to do their part by clearing them of snow in a timely fashion: 24 hours. If it takes you longer to do so, expect a hefty fine.

"It could cost them approximately $150 per hour to clear the snow in front of their property," said Chaid Gamble, the director of public service in Lansing. "The $150 dollars covers a tremendous to initially inspect the property, to do a follow up inspection, to mail the notice to them, and to pay for the vehicles, the snow blowers, and the staff to go out and clear the snow."

People in East Lansing also face fines for not shoveling sidewalks. But it's not only the threat of your pocketbook that should motivate you--snowy sidewalks could create a dangerous situation.

"There have been many instances where people have been killed actually during snow events walking in the street," said Gamble.

An Oakland County man died from a heart attack Friday while shoveling snow in his driveway.

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