state lawmaker wants to fine drivers who fail to clear snow and ice off their
Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, said she is tired of
people who don’t clean off chunks of the wintertime precipitation before they
head out on the road.
In response, she’s sponsored a bill that would permit police
to pull over drivers whose vehicles are not cleared of snow and ice. Violators
would face a fine of between $25 and $75.
The fines would increase to between $500 and $1,500 for
large trucks if a build-up led to an injury or property damage. For cars that caused damage or injury the
fine would range from $200 to $1,000.
The provision would not apply to snow or ice that
accumulated on a vehicle while it has been in motion.
Boscola’s bill – introduced this past fall – has gained
notice since the Christmas death of a woman driving on U.S. 209 in
Christine Lambert, 51, of
PA, was killed when ice fell off the roof of a tractor-trailer, the Pocono Record reported. The ice crashed
through her vehicle’s window, killing her instantly. Lambert’s husband and son
“No one should have to go through what they have,” Boscola
said of the family.
The truck’s driver reportedly drove off unaware of what had
happened and has not been identified.
SB902 is in the Senate Transportation Committee.