Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reintroduced Legislation Can Fine Drivers for Snow

People who do not clean the snow and ice from the roof of their cars might find themselves with a fine if re-introduced legislation passes. State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) proposed the measure that would require all drivers to clear snow and ice off their cars before getting on the road. This would be a tightening of the current law, which fines drivers for snow and ice only if it causes death or serious injury.

Boscola says the bill has the power to prevent accidents on the road. "Most people know that you should remove snow and ice from vehicles. Cause anybody traveling highways has witnessed that snow and ice come flying off of vehicles and those maneuvers that you have to make to try and avoid those types of circumstances. So my bill would you can get fined if the police think you're dangerous on that highway."

Boscola says that she introduced the bill years ago but had to settle for the current law because of the commercial driving industry. She says that at the time they pointed out that it was dangerous to climb up onto trucks to clear off of snow, but since legislation like hers has passed in New Jersey truck and port stations have worked to install devices designed to remove snow and ice.

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