Driveways and Sidewalks are the responsibility of residents and property owners. The City appeals to citizens to keep this critical part of Peoria's transportation system accessible by clearing sidewalks, especially for children walking to / from school. State law protects property owners from any added liability if they shovel their sidewalks. Residents should shovel snow into their yard, not the street. Putting snow into the street is against the law because it causes dangerously slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians. The Peoria Police Department will make every effort to strictly enforce this. (Chapter 26, Article I, Section 26-25). City crews try to avoid putting large piles of snow in front of driveways, however, this is not always possible. To avoid having to "double shovel," citizens may want to wait until after their street has been plowed before clearing their driveway. Residents are also asked to clear snow around fire hydrants, meters, and mailboxes to aid firefighters, meter readers, and postal carriers.