There's something that can easily happen while you're mowing your yard that could end up with you getting fined or sued and in extreme cases, killing someone.

Did you know you could be fined or sued if grass you mow ends up on the road? Well, you can.

Police in Empire State are reminding New Yorkers that blowing grass into the roadway is a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

"It is especially dangerous for motorcycles, bicycles, but to all vehicles. A violator can be fined in local criminal court, but if it causes a crash, one could be sued civilly," the Broome County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

The Sheriff's Office also shared the law:

According to Article 33 - NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1219
Putting Glass or Other Injurious Substances on Highway Prohibited
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.
(c) Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.

Grass clippings on the road can actually be deadly to motorcyclists, WHSV reports. Bikers say grass clippings is the equivalent to driving over black ice.

The New York State DEC issued some more reasons you should keep grass clippings on your yard:

  • Benefit the environment.
  • Improve your lawn.
  • Save time.
  • Save landfill space.

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