Fine for ice sheets flying off trucks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s something many of us have seen. You’re driving down the highway and then you see a sheet of ice flying off the roof of the car or truck in front of you.

A sedan is pretty easy but how do you clean a big truck off?

“It gets bad when you’re going down the road and it’s flying off. There’s not a lot we can do about that unless you have something to scrape the top of it off and right now I’m just hoping for it to melt some more,” said Tom Fiorino, Truck Driver.

“A lot of people forget to do this up there and this many times can be extremely hazardous,” said Lt. J Paul Vance, CT State Police.

State Police’s Lieutenant J Paul Vance says it’s not safe if the ice flies off. You can get slapped with a $120 fine.

If an accident happens the driver can be held accountable. Police say for the year so far, they’ve issued 36 tickets.

“It is [low] but I think that a lot of people are abiding by the law, it’s a simple law,” said Vance.

This truck driver is lucky, his was clean when he picked it up. But he knows what it’s like to be behind a messy car.

“There’s nothing you can do but keep going or slow down,” said Kip Hultbrg, Truck Driver.

When asked if he ever worries about the people behind him when that snow is falling off the top of his truck, Fiorino said, “yeah, they can call a state trooper and when they do, here comes your fine.”


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