New Jersey - New Law Keep Snow Off Your Car or Face Fines
New Jersey - A law going into effect today imposes a fine for drivers who fail to clean snow or ice off their vehicles before driving.
Starting today, New Jersey drivers could face up to a $75 fine for failing to clean the ice and snow off their cars, state officials announced Wednesday.
In the past, said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer, drivers would only be fined if snow and ice fell off their vehicle and caused damage or injury. Now motorists will be expected to clean snow and ice off before hitting the road or face a fine of $25 to $75.
The fines for damage or injury range from $200 to $1,000, or $500 to $1,500 for commercial drivers.
“Snow and ice left on a vehicle, in particular on the hood, windows and roof, can become a deadly projectile, creating a hazard for everyone on the road,” Fischer said in a news release. “The few moments it takes to clear ice and snow from your vehicle could prevent a crash or save a life.”
In anticipation of the winter weather, state officials encouraged motorists to:
Tune up and winterize their vehicles, as well as check the radiator, battery, antifreeze, and all other fluid levels.
Check tire treads and replace them if they’re unsafe.
Check and replace windshield wiper blades if the rubber is cracked and/or brittle, and be sure to check and refill the washer fluid reservoir.
Maintain at least a half a tank of gas during the winter to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
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