Police fining drivers for leaving snow on top of cars

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — You can choose to chop it or sweep it, but state police say to get that snow and ice off the car or get a fine.

“I’m a shorty, so I can’t get all the snow off the top of the car. I tried,” said Andrea Roger of Meriden.

Lieutenant J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police says this  ice could cause accidents.

“If you get chunks of ice like this and you’re going on the highway and traveling at normal speed or safe speeds, that acts like a projectile and literally can cause damage to a car,” he said.

We found many drivers who did not clean it all off. Since January, state police have issued 36 tickets for this.

clearing off car

“I think that a lot of people are abiding by the law. It’s a simple law and it’s an expensive law,” said Lieutenant J. Paul Vance.

The first offense you can get is a $120 fine and as of January, tractor trailers are also required to abide by the law.

“I’ve been at it 20 plus years and I haven’t been issued one of those fines yet, but who knows,” said truck driver Tom Fiorino.

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