Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe
Col. Paul Cook (Ret.), a County Supervisor representing the First District
Bernardino County Mountains
NO Snow PLAY
December 2021___ San
Bernardino, CA ___
is finally on the way to San Bernardino County, and visitors to ski resorts and
other designated winter recreation sites are welcome.
However, those who play in the
snow by the roadway or in front of private homes? Not so much. In fact,
during this winter season, snow play on the roadway will be greeted by fines
of up to $150 or more, tow-aways, and other sanctions. The San Bernardino
County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and other law
enforcement agencies will be out in force during and after winter storms to
actively enforce no snow play on the roadway regulations.
“Don’t let what you’ve planned as
a family fun day end up with your kids watching mom and dad getting in
trouble with the law,” said Col. Paul Cook (Ret.), a County supervisor
representing the First District, which includes the mountain community of
play on the roadway is illegal in San Bernardino County mountain communities
for very good reasons, most of them related to safety.
“Our snow-capped mountains are
beautiful from a distance,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe,
whose Third District includes Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountain
communities. “But up close, after a storm, our mountain roads are very
treacherous and require drivers to exercise a great deal of caution to avoid
injury and even death.”
Narrow mountain roads can become
dangerously crowded during and after winter storms as motorists stop to deal
with snow chains, vehicle breakdowns, and minor accidents. Invisible patches
of ice make it impossible for drivers to stop in time to avoid hitting the
cars in front of them, a child whose sled has shot out onto the middle of the
road, or guard rails positioned over high and steep cliffs.
Not stopping for
snow play on the roadway or in front of homes is also about being a good
some people who come to play in the snow also leave behind ripped trash bags,
dirty diapers, broken sleds, left-over food, and other trash,” said Supervisor
Janice Rutherford, whose Second District includes the Crestline, Lake
Arrowhead, and Running Springs areas. “No one wants this happening in front of
their homes or elsewhere in their community.”
residents throughout Southern California are welcome in San Bernardino County’s
beautiful mountains, the county urges everyone to pay attention to no-parking
signs, be prepared for hazardous driving conditions, play only in designated
recreation areas, and be considerate of those who live in these communities.
The price for not doing so will be steep.
Also, motorists are advised not to
approach the mountains without snow chains. If conditions call for chains, law
enforcement will not allow vehicles to proceed without them.
Remember: No snow play on the
roadway. For your own safety and the safety of others, wait until you reach
your mountain destination to play in the snow.
SEE English and
With snow arriving in our local mountains, it's a
good time to send the reminder that law enforcement will be
ticketing all winter long for illegally parked vehicles along our roadways. If you are travelling to the mountains to enjoy
some winter weather, remember there is “no snow play on the roadway.” Snow play
needs to take place only in designated snow play areas.
It's also a good idea to be prepared BEFORE
starting your trip. Check weather and road conditions, bring chains, pack
blankets and an emergency supply kit before you leave. The County of San
Bernardino Public Works Department has created a website that will make it
easier for you to plan your trip. Find a number of snow-related resources at
the site, such as weather conditions, road closures, maps, links and more. For more
information see: County of San Bernardino Snow Information