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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all visitors and locals that between November 1 and May 1 there is no parking on the roadway shoulders. There are hundreds of no parking signs posted on the roadways and subdivisions and we respectfully request they be adhered to. We want all Placer County, Lake Tahoe visitors to leave with fond memories, not a parking ticket or a towed vehicle.
We would also like to remind travelers that the weather and traffic conditions can change very rapidly and become very hazardous. Prior planning can help if you run into bad weather or closed roads. Here are some tips for traveling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains:
• Check the weather. If a bad storm is coming you may wish to postpone your trip.
• Carry chains. Make sure they are the proper size for your tires. Make sure you know how to install and remove them properly.
• Plan for long delays even if it’s only a day trip. A single bad traffic accident or closed freeway may strand you for hours. Fill up your gas tank, carry water, food and warm clothing. Please remember that emergency services are often stretched thin because of the extreme conditions. Placer County sheriff’s deputies and CHP traffic officers respond to dozens of accidents during each snow storm.
• Charge your cell phone, but understand that cell phone service is not available or can be poor in many mountainous areas, even on the freeway.
• GO SLOW! The speed limit during vehicle chain conditions is 30 MPH or less. Plan for an extra hour or two of travel time if the weather is unsettled.
• Maintain a very large amount of distance between the vehicle in front of you on ice, snow and wet roads.
• Be aware there may be icy spots even if the roads appear to be a dry. Bridges and curves are the most common areas that are icy.
Please dive safe and be prepared when venturing into the mountains. Mother Nature can be very unforgiving.