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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: July 9, 2021 11:36 AM
From: Representative Jeanne McNeill
To: All House members
Subject: Clearing Vehicles of Snow and Ice Accumulation
Every winter, Pennsylvania experiences numerous snow and ice storms. These storms lead to slippery road conditions, poor visibility, car accidents, and fatalities. Although the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintains nearly 40,000 miles of state roadways and 25,000 bridges during the snowy months to ensure the drivers of Pennsylvania are safe, every driver in the state needs to do their part to ensure our roadways are safe as well.
It is critical for drivers to clear the snow and ice accumulation from their vehicle prior to driving. When snow and ice fly off of a moving vehicle, whether that be a small passenger car or a large tractor trailer, serious injuries can occur for the motorist, other drivers, and pedestrians.
For these reasons, I plan on introducing legislation that will require all drivers to clear snow and ice accumulation from their vehicles within 24 hours after the cessation of falling snow or ice and allow for police officers who are conducting weight measurements on combination vehicles to also conduct a snow and ice check. All motorists who do not adequately clear the snow and ice from their vehicles will be fined $50 for each offense regardless of whether any snow or ice is dislodged from the vehicle. My legislation will also create a fine between $200 and $1,500 for any driver who causes death or serious bodily injury to another motorist or pedestrian due to dislodged snow or ice.
Please join me in supporting this commonsense piece of legislation that will prevent further injuries and fatalities from occurring across our state. It is far past the time to ensure our roadways are safe for all Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HB2418