The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a reminder that it is against the law to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Improperly placing snow on or near a public road creates hazards including drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and unsafe access. And Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roads. Violations are considered misdemeanors, but civil penalties also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard that contributes to a car crash or pedestrian injury. Mn/DOT maintenance crews plow and maintain about 12,000 miles of state highways and interstates in Minnesota.