New Hampshire's new negligent
driving law goes into effect Jan. 1 outlawing everything from snow and ice
buildup on a truck (or car) to using a cell phone while driving. Penalties
could be up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year without a driver's license.
In Maine's 2002 legislative
session, lawmakers will consider a similar law requiring truckers to remove
snow and ice from their rigs. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Norman Ferguson
Jr. (R-Hanover), is on an approved list of emergency matters for consideration
in 2002. Maine's constitution reserves even-numbered years for legislative
items submitted by the governor, except for budgetary and emergency issues.
Sen. Ferguson's office number is (207) 287-1505.