There's a new state law in effect this winter, and Troopers will be on the lookout for this type of driving. It really is common sense and we should all be practicing this anyway. The new law, originally proposed by the Senate and now passed by the Assembly as well, Senate Bill S395A, states that:

Motor vehicles, with certain exceptions, shall not be operated with an accumulation of snow or ice on the surface thereof. (NYSenate.gov)

 

And you can be fined up to $200 if they catch you. So what exactly does this mean?

1. NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET OR HIGHWAY WHILE THERE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL ON THE ROOF OR CARGO BED SURFACES THEREOF, WHETHER OF ANY OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT, TRAILER, OR OTHER CARGO COMPARTMENT IN EXCESS OF THREE INCHES.

2. THE REMOVAL OF ACCUMULATED SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL REQUIRED BY  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE FALLING OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL OR WITHIN THREE HOURS AFTER THE CESSATION OF THE FALLING THEREOF. (NYSenate.gov)

If there's more than 3 inches of snow covering the roof, windows, mirrors or lights, brush it off. You'll be doing everyone else on the road a favor, and saving yourself from a costly ticket.

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