NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York lawmaker wants police to ticket drivers for leaving snow and ice chunks on their cars after a snowstorm because of the hazards they pose to other drivers.
Drivers who do not clean off their cars and windshields would risk fines of $75, said Suffolk County, New York legislator Jon Cooper, who announced the proposed law on Thursday.
“I was driving during a recent snowstorm and literally had to swerve out of my lane at least a half dozen times because a car in front of me dislodged chunks of snow or a sheet of ice right toward my windshield,” he said.
“I was just thinking, boy, there ought to be a law,” he said.
Under his proposal, drivers who cause damage to another person or vehicle as a result of snow or ice on their vehicles could be subject to a $1,500 fine.
“I see it as a piece of common-sense legislation,” he said. “Once the public is educated about this, drivers will hopefully take the time and clear dangerous accumulation from their car.”
The fines would only apply to drivers using their vehicles and only after snow finished accumulating.
Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have similar laws, but this would be the first of its kind in New York, Cooper said.
The Suffolk County Legislature is slated to discuss Cooper’s bill on February 1, with a vote expected in March.
Reporting by Aman Ali, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton