Pennsylvania bill would enforce removal of ice from trucks

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Pennsylvania Sen. Lisa Boscola wants state law enforcement officials to have the authority to fine drivers of commercial and non-commercial vehicles for not clearing ice and snow from the roofs of their vehicles.

If enacted, Boscola’s proposed legislation would give law enforcement officers the authority to serve offenders driving non-commercial vehicles, such as a car or truck, with a $25 to $75 fine for each offense. Drivers of commercial vehicles could be fined $200 to $1,000 for not clearing ice and snow. The fine would grow from $1,000 to $1,500 if the dislodged snow or ice causes personal injury or property damage.

Boscola said the law ideally would raise drivers’ awareness that dislodged ice and snow can wreak havoc on roadways. “(Trucking companies and drivers) don’t want to get fined,” Boscola told the Lehigh Valley Express-Times. “Unfortunately, it’s all about the pocketbook.”