Too busy to brush off your car could cost you


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Who hasn’t left a layer of snow on their car because they were in too big a hurry to brush it off? Lawmakers in Albany are dusting off a measure that would cost drivers dearly for leaving heavy snow on their vehicles.

Legislators are taking action because for every car or truck that drives down the road covered with snow, drivers behind it catch the snow on their windshield in the form of dust or big chunks of ice.

It can be dangerous, and often leads to accidents, such as chunks of frozen snow crashing through windshields.

Members of the State Assembly have drafted a bill that would lead to a ticket for failing to brush the snow off your car: a fine of no less than $150 for 3 inches of snow or more. The law would apply to every car, truck, and van on the road, except for emergency vehicles and cars with handicap tags.

Trucks would have to pay as much as $1200 per violation, and all the money collected from “the clean car” tickets would go into a dedicated fund for the State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority for snow removal.

Two states, Connecticut and New Jersey have adopted “clean car” laws, similar to the bill pending in the State Assembly.

New York lawmakers have been trying since 2011 to pass the law, but each time it has died in committee. The newest version of the bill? It is in committee.

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