NJ Town to Fine Residents $100 for First-Time Sidewalk Shovel Fails

A second offense would result in a $200 fine

Couch potatoes, beware: One New Jersey town is making it a costly proposition to leave snow un-shoveled on your sidewalk.

Toms River's township council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that sets fines for people who don't clear off their sidewalks. It's aimed at making sidewalks safe for schoolchildren.

The penalties are $100 for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense. The total fines can't exceed $1,000, but each day a sidewalk isn't cleared counts as a separate offense.

The fines can't be imposed until one day after a notice of violation is issued.

The Asbury Park Press reports the measure passed unanimously.

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