Montesano Introduces Snow Removal Measure To Make Roadways Safer

March 1, 2011

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) introduces legislation requiring the surface of vehicles to be cleared of accumulated snow, sleet or hail. The bill would institute penalties for violators who fail to clear their vehicles. The drive of the bill is to create safer winter driving conditions for those traveling on New York State roadways.

“Driving on snow and ice covered roads is dangerous enough, but the added hazard of falling snow or ice off a moving vehicle is too much,” said Montesano. “After numerous constituent complaints, I believe the problem can only be addressed by legislation that requires that motorists properly clear off their vehicles. Promoting safe driving and making roadways safer is something that I take very seriously as a public official, motorist, and parent.”

The bill would enact various penalties based on the severity of the violation and if falling ice and snow caused injuries or property damage. The penalties range from $50 to $1,000 with possible points on a driver’s license. The law would not be enforced while snow is falling.

“This type of legislation is necessary to make drivers more responsible and to protect other motorists on the roadway,” said Montesano. “Most drivers have witnessed vehicles shedding snow and ice on the roadway; many have been the unfortunate victims of this falling debris. It is time to put an end to this safety hazard.”