Popular sledding location in Chesapeake illegal

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by Brian Farrell, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 1:22 AM

CHESAPEAKE -- "There was like three-hundred fifty people out here earlier," said Bill Lowden as he stood at the top of a hill perfect for sledding and snowboarding. "My kids, obviously, didn't get enough, 'cause we're back."

The hill has been a favorite of the Lowden family for years, but it may be better to describe it as almost perfect. The hill and the field below it are located next to Interstate 664 and an off ramp.

"Not only is it illegal, it's very, very hazardous and very unsafe, especially with the amount of snow on the roadways," Sergeant Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police told 13News Now. "If they sled too far, they can end up on the interstate and (get) run over by a vehicle."

Anaya said troopers stopped several people who were sledding and snowboarding along interstates and on and off ramps Wednesday. The Dock Landing area seemed to have the most traffic.

"Some of these off ramps they, go straight to the interstate, you know, that's not even a consideration. Here, it's, it's wide open. It's like playing at a park," Lowden said, adding with the proper supervision, there shouldn't be an issue. "I mean, if they ask us to leave, we'll leave. I mean, we're law-abiding citizens, but it definitely would be disappointing."

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