Drivers who do not clear accumulation of more than three inches of snow or a half-inch of ice off of their vehicles before driving on any street with a speed limit of 40 miles per hour or more could receive a $75 ticket.
New York is currently one of only eight states that do not require drivers to clear piles of snow and ice off of a motor vehicle before driving.
“This is a simple matter of keeping highways safer for all New Yorkers,” said DenDekker. “We’ve all seen it, especially during the snowy winter that just passed, a car driving down a busy highway with snow and ice flying off the back, creating hazardous conditions for other drivers.”
Similar legislation had been introduced in the past, but never made it to the Assembly floor. DenDekker said the bill does have support within the Assembly this time around.
This legislation does not apply to drivers already operating a motor vehicle when a period of snow begins. The bill also excludes emergency vehicles and drivers with disabilities.
“This is simply a matter of public safety, and the assemblyman is not interested in making this a 'gotcha' ticket, which is why he included the exclusions for emergency vehicles and drivers with disabilities,” explained Alexandra Casey, communications director for DenDekker.