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Bill would allow police to pull over cars or trucks covered in snow or ice

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 25, 2013 5:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- When winter weather hits, snow and ice piles up on cars and trucks.

State Senator Lisa Boscola says her proposal is prompted by the 2005 death of a Northampton County woman, killed when ice flew off a truck and pierced her car's windshield.

"It was a slab of ice that came off a tractor trailer that killed a woman that lives in my district, which was the reason I sponsored this legislation to begin with.

"These trailers sometimes sit outside in the elements for months and months, and then they accumulate more snow and thicker ice, and they pose a really great threat to surrounding motorists."

Boscola's bill requires drivers make reasonable efforts to remove ice and snow from vehicles, including the roof.

Boscola says the law one the books now only allows for penalties if someone is injured by flying ice or snow.

"I've seen technology that has made the application of this legislation practical. Nearly every truck stop and large warehouse facilities do have de-icers on their premises."

Senator Boscola's bill would allow police to pull over any motorists driving with cars or trucks covered in ice and snow.

Violators would face a fine between $25 and $75.

Both pieces of legislation have been awaiting action in the Senate transportation committee since March.

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