|December 3, 2018 03:09 PM
|Senator Lisa M. Boscola and Sen. Daniel Laughlin
|All Senate members
|Removal of Snow & Ice from Vehicles
|In the near future, we plan to reintroduce legislation that would require all motorists driving in Pennsylvania to clear snow and ice from the top of their vehicles before driving on our roadways. The legislation would apply to drivers of all motor vehicles, and it allows law enforcement officers to fine motorists who fail to do so.
Many times while driving on our roadways, we have all been the victim of falling snow and ice coming from other vehicles. This is not only extremely dangerous, but can also lead to injuries and fatalities. Several years ago, a woman named Christine Lambert was tragically killed on Christmas Day when a slab of ice from a truck traveling in the opposite direction flew off its roof and crashed through her windshield.
This is common sense legislation that would prevent further injuries or fatalities from happening. New Jersey and Connecticut, along with other states, have already taken the initiative of allowing law enforcement officers to stop and fine individuals for not removing snow and ice from the top of their vehicle. In a Senate Transportation hearing during the 2015-16 session, the PA State Police indicated their support for the concept of this legislation. Pennsylvania should join these others by enacting the same type of legislation.
I invite you to join us as a co-sponsor. This is a reintroduction of SB 435, which was passed unanimously by the Senate on April 28, 2018, from the prior session. Co-sponsors included: Costa, Blake, Schwank, Scavello, Tartaglione and Yudichak.
Introduced as SB114