DMV reminds drivers to remove snow and ice from cars or face a fine

Snow on Car

A girl removes snow from the top of her family’s car in Monroe. (File photo by Brad Durrell)

 

As another winter snowstorm approaches, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds drivers they  need to scrape off the heavy amounts of snow and ice before traveling or face a possible $75 fine for having a vehicle on the road loaded down with these icy elements.

This state law, which aims to prevent safety risks from these blowing winter hazards, pertains to passenger cars and other noncommercial vehicles. Fines can increase up to $1,000 for drivers who operate these vehicles when flying snow or ice off them causes personal injury or property damage.

“All drivers should take an extra few minutes to remove most of the snow and ice so it does not endanger themselves or others,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. “That will be time well spent to avoid needless hazards on the roadways.

A similar law pertaining to commercial vehicles is scheduled to go into effect later this year.

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