12-31-13: The New “Ice Missile” Law Goes Into Effect For Connecticut Drivers
Since we’ve had our first real snow of the season this week it seems like a good time to bring up the new “Ice Missile” law that goes into effect at the end of the month.
About four to five years ago House Minority leader Lawrence Cafero (R-Norwalk) was pushing hard for a new legislation that would require motorists to clean off all the snow and ice that covers their car after a winter storm before driving out on the roads. Cafero pushed for this for years before it finally passed in 2010.
Basically what the law says is that any motorist who fails to remove “accumulated snow and ice from the hood, trunk and roof of his or her motor vehicle so that it does not pose a threat to people or property while the vehicle is being operated on a state street or highway” will be hit with a $75 fine. It gets worse. If the ice or snow from a non-commercial vehicle happens to cause personal injury or property damage, the penalty shoots up to anywhere from $200 to $1,000. Commercial vehicles are included in this as well, except they face fines of $500 to $1,250 if any damage is caused.
The House set the start date of the law for December 31st 2013. Seemed like a long ways away back in 2010, but now it’s just two weeks away. Good times.
The thing is, I don’t know where I fall on this one. I’m pretty sure we have all been on both sides of this situation. There has definitely been times that I’ve been behind some idiot on The Merritt with a giant snow bank sitting on top of their stupid Saab that falls right off and hits my windshield. On the other side of things if we get slammed with a foot of snow overnight and I’m already running late, the last thing I want to do is climb up on the roof of my Subaru and shovel off snow. This is why I own a Subaru! So I can just get in with that all-wheel-drive and power through all the dumb snow.
Either way, I guess there is not much I can do about it at this point with the 31st right around the corner. $75 is a pretty steep fine for what is essentially just frozen water and I will just be pissed at myself for getting that ticket.
So, you win Ice Missile Law!
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