Are you annoyed by car owners who are too lazy to clean all the snow off their vehicle before hitting the road?
It really is awful when you’re driving down the road, or worse on the thruway or parkway and suddenly a sheet of snow from the roof on the car in front of you comes flying off and slams into your windshield.
Well, thankfully, there’s a law in CT to protect you from such things now. It’s called the Ice Missile Law, the brainchild of State Rep. Lawrence Cafero.
He began pushing for legislation several years ago after a sheet of ice flew off a truck and smashed into the windshield of a vehicle driven by his wife as she drove to work at 60 mph. She was frightened but unhurt. Cafero wanted a law that would allow police to fine drivers who drive around with snow and ice piled atop their vehicles. He said the state’s trucking industry resisted for years, but a law was finally passed in 2010 and went into effect at the beginning of this year and it applies to all drivers.
The law says drivers “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.
State Police have issued at least 230 tickets at $120 each since Jan. 1.