State lawmakers propose fines for drivers who don’t clear the snow off of their cars

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ALBANY, NY – MARCH 16: The New York State Capitol building is seen March 16, 2008 in Albany, New York. New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson will be sworn in here on March 17, replacing Gov. Eliot Spitzer who resigned last week in a prostitution scandal.(Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

State lawmakers will have to decide on a proposal that will make it illegal for a person to drive with more than 3 inches of snow on their car. If the law passes, drivers could be hit with a $150 fine and up to $1,200 if they get into an accident.

“I’ve been behind cars where the snow is going all over, so yeah I think it’s good for safety,” said Rosemary Szulugit, Rochester resident.

Lawmakers who are in favor of this proposal say the drifting snow from cars can cause accidents. For some drivers, that’s one of their biggest fears.

“As a driver, I remember lots of times the snow pounding off of another car and slamming into my windshield at 60mph,” said Jennifer Leary, Rochester resident.

There have been similar efforts in previous years, but they have failed. As of now, the bill has not come up for a vote this year.

Additional details are available on RochesterFirst.com.

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