Is It Illegal To Blow Your Grass Clippings On To The Road In NY?
Chances are, you've had to mow your lawn already a few times this year. But did you know you can get in trouble if you do this when you're mowing?
It is pretty bad when you are driving down the road and you see someone mowing their lawn and not only do they not turn the mower deck off, but they are blowing the grass right into the road. Not only could they throw a stone or something else at passing traffic, but the grass itself could actually cause a problem too.
It's dangerous...and also in New York State, it's illegal.
According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Sec. 1219:
Putting glass or other injurious substances on highway prohibited. (a) No person shall throw or deposit upon any highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, snow or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon such highway.
(b) Any person who drops, or permits to be dropped or thrown, upon any highway any destructive or injurious material or any material which interferes with the safe use of the highway shall immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed.
You guessed it...grass is considered an injurious material. They can be slippery when they're dry and feel greasy when they're wet. If you can imagine hitting them with a bicycle or motorcycle, you can guess that they could cause a problem.
The same goes for leaves that are raked from your lawn. In Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1220, it mentions rubbish:
No person shall throw, dump, deposit or place, or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed upon any highway, or within the limits of the right of way of such highway, or upon private lands adjacent thereto, any refuse, trash, garbage, rubbish, litter or any nauseous or offensive matter.
So this weekend, be sure if you're mowing your lawn by the street that you don't blow those clippings out there. It could cost you!