The Associated Press

Conn. 'Ice Missile' Law Proves A State Money-Maker

HARTFORD — A new law requiring motorists to remove snow and ice from their vehicles has become a new source of revenue for Connecticut.

State Police are aggressively ticketing drivers who ignore the so-called ‘‘ice missile’’ law.

Since the law took effect Jan. 1, State Police have issued at least 230 tickets to truckers and motorists who were driving snow-covered vehicles. At $120 per summons that amounts to $27,600 in tickets in a month and a half. The fine is $75, plus $45 in various surcharges.

With 12 significant snowstorms already this winter, motorists are getting plenty of practice removing snow. The job is often complicated by freezing rain and low temperatures.

Mike Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, which represents 900 companies with truck drivers, said it’s hard enough to remove frozen snow and ice from a car. Trucks, with high cabs and thin trailer roofs, are even more difficult, he said.

‘‘We don’t have a good solution to this,’’ he said.

Some companies have made available large swinging brushes to push snow off. Trucking companies have sold 200 roof rakes intended for trucks, Riley said.

‘‘That seems to be a temporary low-tech solution,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s almost impossible to get all of it off, and people should not be penalized for a small amount.’’

The law was passed in 2010 but was delayed to Jan. 1, 2014, to allow the public to become aware of the regulation and for trucking companies to develop ways to remove snow.

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  • Lawrence

    Just another way Big Gov. is attacking the little guy with more fines, and payments to corrupt officials.

    • Dan

      It’s a safety issue. People are too lazy to clear the snow off their car, so when they drive on the highway, the snow and ice fly off the car and hit others. People don’t care because the snow is behind them. People aren’t in danger of the snow on their roofs hitting their own car.

      It’s unfortunate that “Big Gov.” needs to tell people to use common sense.

  • Lophius

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen near accidents due to snow and ice flying off the roofs of cars and trucks. Just last week, a huge sheet of ice peeled off the roof of the SUV in front of me, smashing across my hood and windshield. If someone failed to secure a load onto a roof rack and it came loose and caused an accident, they’d be liable. So, why shouldn’t drivers be responsible for clearing snow and ice from the entire car???

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