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NJ Police Urge Drivers to Clear Snow from Cars [AUDIO]

If you don’t clear the snow from your vehicle, you could be ticketed. It is the law in New Jersey to remove snow and ice from the roof of your car, but it is not an easy one to enforce.

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NJ residents can be ticketed for not cleaning the snow off their cars.

Since 2009, just over 4,700 tickets have been issued in the Garden State for violations.

“During a storm, our troopers have a variety of issues to respond to, and it is difficult to enforce ice and snow laws on every vehicle we see. We use the honor system and we do rely on other drivers to help us,” said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Brian Polite. “We hope that as a driver in this state, you respect the other drivers traveling on the road with you. You wouldn’t like it if you were traveling behind someone and the ice and snow became dislodged from their vehicle and hit your windshield. We ask that the person traveling do the right thing and remove the snow so they don’t put other drivers in danger.”

When the snow falls and the temperatures change, that snow can become a sheet of ice on the roof of a car.  When the driver takes to the road without clearing the car, the snow and ice can come off of the vehicle during higher rates of speed and hit other vehicles, which can be a hazard for motorists.

The law, which went into effect in October 2010, was prompted by such incidents happening and resulting in damage, injuries and even fatalities. Violators face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow dislodges from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

For more information on the law, click here.

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