LAS VEGAS – In advance of the winter travel season at Mount Charleston, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will implement parking restrictions from December 2012 through March 2013. The restrictions are part of NDOT’s public safety outreach. Due to the number of visitors in the area on the weekends and holidays, motorists will not be allowed to park or walk on the roadways. “No-parking” signs will be placed throughout Kyle and Lee Canyons. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol will enforce parking restrictions.
Parking will be eliminated on NDOT’s right-of-way on State Route (SR) 157 from SR158 to the Mount Charleston Lodge and on SR156 from the Meadows to the ski resort and by the fire station in Lee Canyon. Where parking is allowed (the Resort at Mt. Charleston, U.S. Forest Service parking lots/land and east of SR158), vehicles must park in parking spaces or off the road—wheels must be to the right of the white lines to prevent damage to vehicles and to allow medical, police and fire personnel to respond to emergencies. Vehicles parked over the white lines, in “No Parking” zones or that impede the flow of traffic will be ticketed and towed. Fines begin at $190. Visitors should also refrain from playing or parking on private property or residential areas or areas marked “Closed.” Trespassing fines begin at $150.
Snow chains and/or 4-wheel drive vehicles may be required for travel in Mount Charleston. Motorists who stop in travel lanes to put on snow chains will be cited. If you do not have the right equipment or the skills to operate the equipment/vehicle in winter conditions, your safety may be compromised. Visitors are encouraged to bring extra food, water, clothing, a shovel, blankets and other items in case emergency vehicles can’t immediately reach or help them. Cell phone reception is not available in most areas, so it is a good idea to tell relatives and friends where you’re going.
“Everyone likes to enjoy the fun in Mount Charleston in the snow, but it becomes very dangerous if emergency vehicles and snow plows can’t get through; parking restrictions are in place to keep everyone safe,” said Mary Martini, District Engineer for NDOT’s District 1. Sgt. Eric Fricker, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Rural Officer Program, agreed. “The travel rules, equipment precautions and parking restrictions are in place so that emergency responders can quickly and safely get to people who need help. When incidents or accidents happen, time is of the essence. It is imperative that we do everything possible not to impede the ability of responders to get to the scene.”
In an effort to keep the area clean, visitors are encouraged place litter in designated receptacles or take it home. Littering fines can reach up to $1,000. Those interested in sledding can only do so in designated sledding areas. Sledding is encouraged at the Foxtail Picnic Area in areas that are free of trees and other hazards. The Foxtail Picnic area is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when there is more than 12 inches of snow on the ground. Sledding is prohibited in undesignated areas – very steep and full of trees. Sledding in these hazardous areas increases the chances of injury or even death. Several people have died in sledding accidents the last six years along a three-mile stretch on SR157.
To protect plants and animal habitats, snow play is only recommended in areas where there is more than 12 inches of snow. Public restrooms are located at the Foxtail and Sawmill picnic areas, McWilliams Campground and open campgrounds in Kyle Canyon. Visitors can help keep the mountain safe by parking in designated locations, stopping vehicles completely off the roadway and not littering.Those interested in more information about the restrictions can log on to NDOT's Website. For more information about public restrooms and winter recreation activities in Mount Charleston, please call the U.S. Forest Service at (702) 515-5400. Visitors can check on road conditions prior to their trips by logging on to Nevada 5-1-1/NV Roads.
Nevada revised statutes on Parking Enforcement
NRS 484B.457 – Parallel and angle parking; stopping, standing and parking on highways under jurisdiction of Department of Transportation.
4. The Department of Transportation with respect to highways under its jurisdiction may place official traffic-control devices prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles on any such highway where, in its opinion, such stopping, standing or parking is dangerous to those using the highway or where the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles would unduly interfere with the free movement of traffic thereon. It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle in violation of the restrictions stated on those devices.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1500; A 1979, 1806)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.403)
NRS 484B.450 – Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places.
1. A person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic-control device, in any of the following places:
(a) On a sidewalk;
(b) In front of a public or private driveway;
(c) Within an intersection;
(d) Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant in a place where parallel parking is permitted, or within 20 feet of a fire hydrant if angle parking is permitted and a local ordinance requires the greater distance;
(e) On a crosswalk;
(f) Within 20 feet of a crosswalk;
(g) Within 30 feet upon the approach to any official traffic-control signal located at the side of a highway;
(h) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone;
(i) Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad;
(j) Within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of a highway opposite the entrance to any fire station, within 75 feet of that entrance;
(k) Alongside or opposite any highway excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(l) On the highway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of or curb of a highway;
(m) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure or within a highway tunnel;
(n) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, within 5 feet of a public or private driveway; and
(o) At any place where official traffic-control devices prohibit stopping, standing or parking.
4. A local authority may place official traffic-control devices prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles on any highway where in its opinion stopping, standing or parking is dangerous to those using the highway or where the vehicles which are stopping, standing or parking would unduly interfere with the free movement of traffic. It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle in violation of the restrictions stated on those devices.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1501; A 1979, 35; 1993, 656; 2007, 356) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 484.399)
NRS 484B.500 – Stopping, standing or parking near hazardous or congested place.
When official traffic-control devices are erected at hazardous or congested places, a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle in any such designated place.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1503) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 484.429)
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