Fines for not removing snow and ice from a motor vehicle

remove ice and snow lawWe’ve all seen it happen.  You’re driving down the highway and up ahead is a vehicle whose roof is piled high with snow.  Within minutes the snow is flying of their roof and headed in your direction.  You switch lanes to avoid it hitting your windshield.  SNOW & ICE-it’s part of living in New England.  We need to be more careful about making sure our vehicles are clear of snow and ice, as not to potentially cause damage to other vehicles while driving.

As of October 1st, 2013 the Senate and House of Representatives passed a new law concerning just this. Below is the new law in effective, so that you are informed.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REMOVE ICE OR SNOW FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE

(a) The operator of any noncommercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, shall remove any accumulated ice or snow from such motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof of such motor vehicle, so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state. Any such operator who fails to remove accumulated ice or snow that poses such a threat shall be fined seventy-five dollars and shall be deemed to have committed an infraction.

(b) If the operator of a noncommercial motor vehicle violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section and snow or ice is dislodged from such vehicle and causes personal injury or property damage, such operator shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars but not more than one thousand dollars for each offense.

(c) On and after December 31, 2013, the operator of any commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, shall remove any accumulated ice or snow from such motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof of such motor vehicle, so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state. Any such operator who fails to remove accumulated ice or snow that poses such a threat shall be fined seventy-five dollars and shall be deemed to have committed an infraction.

(d) On and after December 31, 2013, if the operator of a commercial motor vehicle violates the provisions of subsection (c) of this section and snow or ice is dislodged from such vehicle and causes personal injury or property damage, such operator shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars but not more than twelve hundred fifty dollars for each offense.

(e) This section shall not apply to (1) any operator of a motor vehicle during a period of snow, sleet or freezing rain if such period began and continued during the period of the motor vehicle’s operation, or (2) any operator of a motor vehicle during the time such vehicle is parked.

Approved June 6, 2013

Keep this in mind as winter is just around the corner.  Avoid getting fined, keep your car free of snow and ice.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job

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