Pennsylvania lawmaker revives snow and ice bill

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker has reintroduced legislation that would require drivers to remove snow and ice from the top of their vehicle.

Senate Bill 114 would give drivers 24 hours after a winter storm to clear the hood, trunk, and roof of their car or truck.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh, Northampton) said her bill would allow police to stop drivers if the accumulated ice or snow poses a threat to people or property.

Drivers would face a fine of up to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether any snow or ice fell.

Currently, Pennsylvania has no law requiring drivers to clear the top of their vehicle, but people face significant fines of up to $1,000 if falling snow or ice falls strikes another vehicle or pedestrian and causes death or serious injury.

Senate Bill 114 would increase the maximum fine to $1,500.

Pennsylvania law also requires that snow and ice be removed from all windows. Failure to clear windows is a primary offense, which means you can be stopped and cited just because your view is obstructed.

The law also requires drivers to use headlights whenever their windshield wipers are on.

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