Assembly Transportation Committee Chair John S. Wisniewski today sent a letter to NJ Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson, requesting assistance in promoting the new state law that requires all drivers to make a reasonable effort to remove snow and ice from their vehicles.
“I’m sure nearly everyone has had scary encounters with chunks of snow or ice flying off moving vehicles in front of them,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “It can block visibility, startle drivers, or make roadways slick without warning, all of which can cause serious accidents. This is a real public safety issue. As with any new law, it takes time to catch on, so we hope the DOT will join us in promoting this requirement to drivers throughout the state.”
The law (P.L.2009, c.138.), sponsored by Wisniewski and passed in 2009, went into effect in October, but is still relatively unknown. Drivers caught violating this law may be subject to a fine of anywhere from $25 to $75.
In the interest of public safety, and to help drivers avoid fines, Wisniewski is urging DOT officials to use electronic roadway signs and any other available means to make drivers aware of the law.