Proposed bill would fine Va. drivers for not clearing snow, ice off vehicles

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RICHMOND, Va. (WVNS)— A bill introduced to Virginia’s General Assembly would make it illegal for people to drive without clearing off snow and ice from their vehicles.   

If passed, House Bill 207 would allow law enforcement in Virginia to fine drivers $100 if they drive with snow and ice on their vehicle. 

The bill was introduced by Delegate Mike Mullin and states: “It is unlawful for any person to operate on the highways in the Commonwealth a moving motor vehicle with any amount of accumulated snow or ice on the exposed surfaces of such vehicle where, if dislodged from such vehicle, such accumulated snow or ice could interfere with the operation of another moving motor vehicle or cause injury to persons or property. A violation of this subsection is a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $100.” 

The bill clarifies it will not apply to drivers who are in bad weather conditions that result in snow and ice buildup. 

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Transportation. 

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