12-31-13: The New “Ice Missile” Law Goes Into Effect For Connecticut Drivers

12-31-13: The New “Ice Missile” Law Goes Into Effect For Connecticut Drivers
98 comments, 12/12/2013, by , in CIVICS, LOCAL

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.

 

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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!

 

Source: ctnews.com

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95 comments
roses1
roses1

It's all well and good if you can reach it or you have a place to put it all. One more money grabbing rip-off scheme from Ct politicians. Next they'll fine us for dirty windows caused by all the health hazard chemicals the state approved for icy roads. Good luck tractor trailor drivers getting the snow off your trucks. Maybe Malloy has a crane you can borrow.

loveabull
loveabull

Wow.  This is a lot of complaining about a reasonable law demanding consideration for others.  I'm 5'4" and have driven a full size pickup for the last three years.  If you 1) get the snow just after it's fallen and don't wait until it starts to melt and freeze, then you don't have to deal with scraping ice and 2) get a push broom.  I've never, not once, had a problem getting the snow off of the roof of my truck.  Push broom and the whole thing is done in 5 minutes.  I even fill the bed with some snow (with the cover over it) and close it up to provide weight to the rear wheels when driving without a load.  Oh, and I'm a chick.  So, if an average height chick can clean off the roof of her full size pickup (get creative- open the doors and stand in the truck if you must) then there should be no excuses from the rest of you.  

I live in PA and we've had these laws in effect for a while now.  Driving behind someone who has snow, even loose powdery snow, flying off of their vehicle is dangerous.  We're also required to shovel the sidewalks within a certain amount of time of the end of snowfall.  Take some personal responsibility and quit whining. 

ChristineAndrucki
ChristineAndrucki

@MeriRoss  OK Dr MeriRoss Thanks for the free Psych evaluation. Sounds to me like your the hater just because you don't agree with other people's opinions. We all have our own opinions and can speak freely here about them if we choose to. No one was cruel or nasty everyone just stated there opinions and arguments. If you can't handle that then maybe you shouldn't come in here we don't want to upset you.

Ed Mason
Ed Mason

As a former CT resident, I actually thought this law passed & was enforceable several years ago.  But just like the phone-while-driving law, was also being ignored by everybody anyways.  Hehee, glad I'm in FL now!!

wolsen
wolsen

If something falls off your car and causes damage or injury,  you should be held accountable.  If there's a foot of snow on your car, remove it.  Period.  I can't see how a work schedule exempts anyone from accountability when operating a motor vehicle.  This includes driving without texting,  within the speed limit,  and sober. 

canobeano
canobeano

Troopers and Police don't enforce existing traffic laws. What makes you think they'll enforce this utterly happenstance one?

PaulFournier
PaulFournier

If you are RESPONSIBLE, you will get up early enough and manage your time properly. Thus, you'll have enough time to clear your vehicle off!

CaiasWard
CaiasWard

"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. "

The last thing I want to do is die or have an accident because you are lazy. Go out in the middle, clear some of the snow. Or put a tarp on your car. 

KathleenSmithWhitby
KathleenSmithWhitby

If you insist on driving with a "snow-bank" on top of your Subaru, or Saab or whatever vehicle you drive with snow all over it,  please drive SLOWLY in the SLOW lane and don't cause an accident as so many have before you!  And, pay your fine!


SheanaOwen
SheanaOwen

Got something against Saabs? Thats pretty lame coming from a Subaru driver.

JasonJamesPlourde
JasonJamesPlourde

ummm you can always get off your ass and start a petition. You can do this with any law, you just have to want to. and to ICU and Lizz i lived in MI and CT, my car has never been damaged by snow or ice coming off anyone's car, and 2 your rant sounds like the very same sort of rant the ignorant and lazy brainwashed would make because you yourself is too lazy to go out and make a difference in the world, and would rather put someone down than lend a helping hand. which is the very reason why i left CT. Most of you dont give a sit about one another. The few who do stay inside or leave. Lastly this law is joke, i have had "Ice missles" hit a kia rio, pontiac grand am, gmc sierra, Honda civic, and they are little more than a mild nusices, equatable to the snow that fell its self, causing no damage , the only time damage has ever been done is if it came off a semi where the snow had melted and froze repeatedly, or a person literally went out of thier way to produce large dense chunks of ice. Cars are designed to take the abuse, its part of the standards and regulations in thier construction and desgin, additionally when one drives a new car off the lot it also deprecates about half its value in some cases. so even then your care isnt losing significant value because of a possible ding or scratch.

rushlmp
rushlmp

People are ridiculous. I am very happy to see this law take effect. I had to try and avoid massive chunks of ice flying off other vehicles a few days ago. The ice was flying high in the air and crashing down. Several times, my car was almost hit. Being short is no excuse. Either buy a shorter car (I have a Chevy Spark which I can practically reach the opposite side of the roof with a short brush), or pay someone to clean it for you if you can not do it yourself. If those aren't options for you, stay home. It's bad enough we have to deal with slick roads and hazzardous conditions, we shouldn't have to worry about flying ice chunks as well.

JerryONeill
JerryONeill

Get a long broom and a step ladder and clean the top of your cars off you bunch of whiners! It's dangerous and when it happens to you, you'll understand the danger!!!

RonWalters
RonWalters

This is what lawmakers do instead of passing legislation that creates jobs.  The VERY reason I now live and work in Texas.  Seems they took their eye off the ball years ago.

MaryAnnOverbaugh
MaryAnnOverbaugh

Lawmakers make nonsensical laws....I can't reach the top of my car.


MaryAnnOverbaugh
MaryAnnOverbaugh

Stupid lawmakers make nonsensical laws...I am 4' 1l" I do my best...maybe better than a handicapped old person would be able to do.

iCu
iCu

Simple.... Make sure you leave enough time to warm up and clear off your car.  If you don't, you are LAZY, plain and simple.  What a bunch of lame excuses with the I'm only 5 feet tall and can't reach garbage.  I'd be willing to bet that if your lazy butt was injured by another's ice missle you'd be first in line to sue.   Whiney, lazy excuse makers.... 

lizz
lizz

What happens if you literally cant get the snow off your car. Im sorry Im not gonna damage my car to try to scrap the ice off. This last snow storm I hadn't left my house till two days later and it suction cupped to my roof and trunk. But I clean as much as I can off (Access snow ) but sometimes the ice just doesn't want to come off.

Rachel
Rachel

Since their making a clean off your car law which is great by the way...they need to make a shovel sidewalk law or you will get a fine too....some people do still walk like me and I have to walk to get my son from school with my 2 yr old daughter and people do not shovel and we almost slipped on ice....something should be done about this also

YvetteM
YvetteM

@StevenMoore I clean off my car as much as I can: I clean the hood, windows, license plates, headlights, tail lights, etc. thoroughly. I also do as much of the roof as I can. But like @PamelaWilliams1, I am 5 ft; unlike her, I have an extra large SUV (not to be an environmentally-unfriendly gas guzzler, but because it is necessary to accommodate all of the car seats that need to fit inside). I don't use a step stool because, as she pointed out, it is dangerous! I do use a push broom or an extendable snow brush, but their effectiveness/reach is seriously hindered by the rack on the roof of my car. I am concerned about this. To compensate, I drive slowly when there are other cars behind me, then faster when there aren't, so that hopefully, the snow falls when the road behind me is clear. Not everyone who has snow on their roof is lazy and inconsiderate. If you have any constructive suggestions for me that aren't insulting, judgmental, and uninformed, I'd love to read them.

YvetteM
YvetteM

@StevenMoore I clean off my car as much as I can: I clean the hood, windows, license plates, headlights, tail lights, etc. thoroughly. I also do as much of the roof as I can. But like @PamelaWilliams1, I am 5 ft; unlike her, I have an extra large SUV (not to be an environmentally-unfriendly gas guzzler, but because it is necessary to accommodate all of the car seats that need to fit inside). I don't use a step stool because, as she pointed out, it is dangerous! I do use a push broom or an extendable snow brush, but their effectiveness/reach is seriously hindered by the rack on the roof of my car. I am concerned about this. Not everyone who has snow on their roof is lazy and inconsiderate. To try to compensate for whatever snow remains, I drive slowly when there are other cars behind me, then faster when there aren't, so that hopefully, the snows falls off when the road behind me is clear. If you have any constructive suggestions for me that aren't insulting, judgmental, and uninformed, I'd love to read them.

michael3
michael3

We have laws like this to prevent extremely lazy people too consumed with themselves from inflicting damage to others. I'm appalled the author of this story attempted to justify not clearing snow simply because they may be running late. It's never a surprise when lots of snow is coming so get up early and stop whining. Why would anyone think it's a good idea to have a pile of snow blanket their windshield, just because of a lame excuse or lazy individual? I see from the comment section that some people have yet to grow up and take responsibility, instead preferring to potentially endanger others. It is precisely due to your actions these fines will take effect. How dare some claim they should be allowed to drive with debris on their car and not be fined unless they cause damage. Accidents HAVE been caused and people HAVE been injured and killed. Just do it and grow up.

ChrisFern
ChrisFern

Yay! CT rocks (Not). I've been pulled over for following too closely, and for running a yellow light. And it's a bitch to argue. Also, folks, realize that sometimes the ice is fucking STUCK on the cars, and they detach as one is driving.

RaymondLaPointe
RaymondLaPointe

Stop being lazy and just clean your damn cars off....

Chachi
Chachi

I have to agree with the law on this one. If you can't clean the snow off your vehicle or are incapable of doing so, then maybe you shouldn't drive it in the winter

Chachi
Chachi

I have to agree with the law on this. If you can't clean the snow off of your vehicle then maybe you shouldn't be driving it in the winter.

nothing
nothing

Jesus H the whining...  Am I seriously the ONLY person in the state who uses a push broom on the roof of my car?  Been doing it for years, never had a problem, keeps me farther from the snow as well as getting the job done faster, seeing how it's about 5x wider than the biggest brushes marketed for cars.  Get your lazy, entitled ass out of bed 15 minutes earlier, THINK for 30 seconds, and figure it out!  Just because something presents a challenge to you, does not mean you have a right to endanger other people's safety. 

RickRossing
RickRossing

The law is stupid. So are most laws that try to prevent something that MIGHT happen. While I'm all for being held liable for snow and ice that flies off your car and causes damage to someone else, I also subscribe to the doctrine of "no harm, no foul." CT is good at passing stupid safety laws

StevenMoore
StevenMoore

To all those bitching about trucks... figure it out! Trucks especially should be doing this as they have more snow on top able to do more damage when it comes flying off. Something avoidable, you are at fault. Kicking up something on the road is happenstance. 


To those complaining about being to short to clean the roofs of their car, there's this amazing invention God gave us called step stools and extending snow removal brushes. My 88 year old great grandmother keeps a stool in her car for being able to reach on top. If she can, you assholes can. 


What is really disgusting in all this is people being so lazy and not considerate of others safety AT ALL. So when someone else's snow drift on their roof bombards you while you're driving, don't complain when your windshield cracks and you swerve off the road.

DonnaZeiglerRoucoulet
DonnaZeiglerRoucoulet

I drive a minivan and am only 5'3".  I clear all of my windows, and generally park in my garage when I know snow is coming, but sometimes it just doesn't happen in time (like this past week) - my son's motorcycle is still in the garage, so I had to park outside.  I am not tall enough to clean off the roof of my van - even my husband can't reach all of it.  How are we supposed to do this?

MattKuhar
MattKuhar

ok, as a soon to be truck driver, please explain how the F*uck im supposed to clean off the top of a 53 foot box trailer??????

Anonymous
Anonymous

Honestly, whoever wrote this, you are the epitome of laziness that is so prevalent in our society today.  You oppose a law that will in the very least reduce the danger of accumulated snow on top of a car flying off at 60 mi/hr down the highway, because it might cause you some SLIGHT problems in the morning having to clean off your big, bad, and monstrous Subaru from a couple inches of snow.  Do you really think that if there is a 'foot of snow' overnight, you will be getting to work on time anyways? Here's a tip, the button on your alarm clock that changes the time of your alarm? Take it and move it ahead a half hour ahead.  Or better yet, move somewhere else.

oywisniewski
oywisniewski

@WHtfdPRgirls I've been waiting for this to happen for years. It's so dangerous. I support this law fully.

MichelleVizzoDalling
MichelleVizzoDalling

When it falls onto their windshield up on I-95 and they can't see where they're going and their vehicle goes out-of-control and causes an accident and they injure OR kill someone then maybe these people will realize the importance of cleaning the snow AND ice off of their vehicles!!!!!!

KathleenSmithWhitby
KathleenSmithWhitby

@lizzDrive very SLOW in the SLOW LANE so when the ice does finally loosen to flying it slides off into road and not into some other car's windshield!  DAH!

xxnate0623xx
xxnate0623xx

@lizz

You only have to do enough to make sure it doesn't pose a threat to people. It doesn't have to be CLEAR, but it just has to be the point of where a sheet of ice or a block of snow can't come off and dent someone's windshield or fly into a person when you go around a corner.


While this is still the MAJORITY and nearly all of it, it has to be SAFE.

J m 1
J m 1

So you'd rather risk injury to a person instead of your car? Once you're driving, the wind will have no problem getting it off and then it will be headed into someone else's windshield. Don't be so lazy.

xxnate0623xx
xxnate0623xx

@Rachel


Technically, sidewalks are public property.... unless you are walking into someone's yard :P. The only "law" about that would be there would be for public workers, so they'd be fining themselves (sort of).

loveabull
loveabull

@YvetteM Use the pushbroom from front to back if the rack is getting in the way, or stand on the ledge of your car interior with the door open.  You can hold on to the grab bar on the inside of the vehicle for extra safety.  Use

PamelaWilliams1
PamelaWilliams1

@StevenMoore, so then when your 88 yr old grandmother falls they gonna pay the hospital bills? Maybe you should help your grandmother. I am 5 ft and have a small SUV, be damned if I am gonna get on a step stool in snow and ice on the ground to clear the roof.

JeffD
JeffD

@MattKuhar Shovel-snowblower...  but the better part of that question is how are you suppose to do that Safely! cause i dont have any built in ladders on the trailers i take care of... 

Mark J MacDonald
Mark J MacDonald

Hmmm...except people in general are not driving about with a roof full of rocks...no one is asking us to place our lives on the line, just to take the few minutes time not to put other's lives in jeopardy....leaving snow and ice on our roofs is NOT an accident.

Dawn
Dawn

Usually the town you live in makes it your responsibility to clean off the sidewalk if it's in front of your house. Otherwise you get a notice and then a bill to pay from town for not doing it yourself

MeriRoss
MeriRoss

@PamelaWilliams1  Don't bother with arguing with mean, hate-filled people. If Steven was half the man he thinks he is he'd be cleaning off his grandmother's car for her, or making sure someone else does if he doesn't live nearby.  People can't read sarcasm on posts and they think it's okay to be nasty and mean and spread hate on the Internet because they are basically anonymous here.  Most wouldn't have the guts to say anything similar in person. They just hate themselves so much they have to take it out on people they don't know.

StevenMoore
StevenMoore

@PamelaWilliams1 So when someone's ice chunk from their roof shatters your windshield for the same logic your using here, you're going to be okay with it? Or worse, someone driving by while your on the sidewalk and you get clobbered by the ice or snow clods flying off, you're going to smile and shrug it off thinking 'They're too short like I am. So it's ok that I get hit and possibly killed.'


Also, for the record, my GREAT grandmother, (as I stated), is smart enough to do what needs to be done safely and effectively. Apparently though, having any sort of intelligence is indeed what is needed to fix all of society in the first place. 

JeffD
JeffD

@Mark J MacDonald SO how is that truck driver sitting in the Rest area suppose to clean off his trailer roof? There is no ladders built into the trucks sides to get to the roof, Meaning that they will need to get a big ladder to get to the roof.. then what? shovel 53' or snow and then mess up the parking lot with more snow? how are they supposed to safely accomplish this task? Sorry but you can open your door, stand up and clean off the roof of your mini van.. 

JustJohn
JustJohn

@JeffD @Mark J MacDonald I agree with all you say, and, as a driver myself, I would love to see how u expect me to clean off my trailer  so, if u want to be rude about it, or insulting, I personally invite u, next time it snows and I'm home, to clean off my truck, using whatever I have. Good luck.

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