Clear Snow Before You Go: It's The Law For Connecticut Drivers

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Still digging out from the snowstorm? AAA is reminding residents of Fairfield County to "clear the snow before you go."

Connecticut drivers are reminded to properly clear snow from their vehicle before driving.
Connecticut drivers are reminded to properly clear snow from their vehicle before driving. Photo Credit: File

Connecticut drivers who fail to properly remove snow from their vehicles can be fined $75 if it smashes into another vehicle.

If the flying snow or ice results in injury or property damage to another vehicle, motorists could be fined as much as $1,000.

“Leaving snow or ice on top of your car while you’re driving 60 mph, becomes a safety hazard to other drivers,” AAA Northeast spokesman Fran Mayko said in a statement. “It’s also downright rude without taking into consideration how your actions could affect others.”

Connecticut’s “Clear Your Car” law went into effect in 2013 when former state Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk pushed for the legislation after his wife was a victim of flying snow. A sheet of ice flew off a truck and smashed into the vehicle she was driving.

Connecticut’s law says drivers “shall remove any accumulated ice or snow from such motor vehicle, including the hood, trunk or roof of such motor vehicle so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state.”

Mayko suggests using a scraper/brush with a telescoping handle to reach across the hood, trunk or roof. For vehicles that are larger in size or higher, use a push broom to remove the snow. If that doesn’t work, long rakes are available that are used by truckers to remove snow from the tops of rigs. 

Keep that snow brush handy: Another storm is headed for Fairfield County on Wednesday. 

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