LAKEWOOD, Ohio-- After this latest round of winter weather, there's a new safety concern in Lakewood.
"I see children walking to and from school and they are walking out in the street because there's no appropriate place for them to walk, because there is no sidewalk space," said Ashley Zimmerman of Lakewood.
Cashiers inside Sunoco at the corner of Bunts and Madison said they see it all the time.
"The sidewalks are clear by the high school but everything else around there for the most part is not clear," said Nancy Waugaman of Lakewood.
It's become such a problem that the Lakewood Police Department sent a memo to the Lakewood School District warning them that officers will begin issuing warnings and citations for students walking in the streets if there is a clear path on the sidewalk.
"My nieces go to Lakewood High School, Roosevelt, and Garfield. And they are always walking in the snow. It's dangerous for them. I feel bad for them," said Mariam Abed of Lakewood.
"You're in a predicament: Either walk in traffic or if you walk on the sidewalks where it's slippery. And it's not small piles; it's big piles. We've had a lot of snow this year!" added Waugaman.
According to Lakewood police, it's not just students who could get a citation or a warning. They warn that adults, even joggers, could get a citation as well.
The police department alerted the district of the rule on Monday.
Lakewood police said, according to the city's ordinance, it is up to the business or home owner to shovel the sidewalks.
They said Lakewood's Building Department will send someone to respond to complaints of unshoveled sidewalks.