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Snow and Ice Removal Laws for Vehicles A Slow Process

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BUCKHANNON -

Residents have been dealing with latest round of snow the best way they can.

One reminder before heading out is making sure that snow and ice is removed or you could face some fines or penalties in some states.

"The conditions in such as we have today when its snowing out and the roads are snowy and icy, conditions are already a hazard and it only adds to the hazard when a vehicle is driving with obstructing windshields," said Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory.

A safety smart study conducted last year shows that 37 of the 50 states do not have laws in place that imposes fines or penalties for failing to remove accumulated ice or snow from vehicles.

A delegate from Kanawha County introduced a bill back in 2010 that would get tough with drivers in West Virginia who failed to clear snow and ice off their vehicles, but it didn't make into law.

Some cities and towns have adopted local laws requiring snow/ice removal.

New Jersey residents can be fined $25-$75 for failing to remove accumulated ice and its $200 to $1,000 if ices flies off and causes injury or property damage.

In Pennsylvania, drivers can be fined $200 to $1,000 if snow or ice flies off striking another vehicle, causing death or serious bodily injury.

Gregory said the main thing is to be mindful of the conditions and the safety of other drivers.

"If you have to go somewhere take some extra time, don't be in a hurry and leave without making sure that your windows and vehicle is unobstructed," Gregory said.