law says remove all snow and ice from vehicles before travel
December 13, 2013
While traveling Pennsylvania roadways this
winter, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) would like to remind
motorists of current laws in effect that promote safe winter driving. One is to
remove all snow and ice from vehicles before hitting the highway, and the other
is to turn on the headlights anytime the windshield wipers are in use.
In 2006, the
Pennsylvania Snow/Ice Removal Law went into effect. If snow or ice falls from a
vehicle and causes injury or death to other motorists or pedestrians, a driver
could face severe fines. The fines range from $200 to $1,000 for each offense.
This law does not include snow that has accumulated while driving. “We urge all
motorists to clear the snow and ice from their vehicles, not only for their
safety, but for the safety of everyone traveling Pennsylvania roadways,” says
Craig Shuey, Chief Operating Officer of the PTC.
A law that also has
been in effect is turning on the headlights anytime the windshield wipers are
in use because of inclement weather. A violation of this law is a $25 fine. The
goal is to not only improve the driver’s visibility, but to make the driver’s
vehicle more visible to those around them.
Turnpike travelers can
always get up-to-the-minute weather conditions and traffic advisories by
calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online
The Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone
and Droid users so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.