A New Winter NYS Driving Law Could Get You Ticketed This Season
A new bill that's passed the New York State Assembly and Senate makes it against the law to operate a vehicle while covered in snow. This means, if you don't brush off every window all the time, or clear the snow from your headlights and tailights, you could be fined up to $200 (as you can see in the above video from WKBW's Facebook page).
According to Bill S395A: "Provides that motor vehicles, with certain exceptions, shall not be operated with an accumulation of snow or ice on the surface thereof."
The bottom of the bill explains the provisions in further detail.
"THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 1229-e to read as follows:
S 1229-E. CLEARANCE OF SNOW, SLEET, AND HAIL. 1. NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET OR HIGHWAY WHILE THERE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL ON THE ROOF OR CARGO BED SURFACES THEREOF, WHETHER OF ANY OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT, TRAILER, OR OTHER CARGO COMPARTMENT IN EXCESS OF THREE INCHES.
2. THE REMOVAL OF ACCUMULATED SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE FALLING OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL OR WITHIN THREE HOURS AFTER THE CESSATION OF THE FALLING THEREOF.
3. (A) THE OPERATOR OF A NON-COMMERCIAL VEHICLE IN VIOLATION OF THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, EXCLUDING A DISABLED OPERATOR, SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS."
Could you be issued a ticket for using your remote car starter? It depends; based on the language in the bill, if your car is parked on a public street -- you could get a ticket. In your driveway? You're fine.