This winter, New Jersey drivers will be required to clean snow and ice from their windshields and vehicles or risk facing fines, according to NJ.com. A new law went into effect on October 19 that requires drivers to clean off their windshields to the best of their ability before driving. This amends a previous law that punished drivers for failing to clear their windshields if any injuries or property damage occurred because a driver failed to clean their car.
Fines for failing to clean windshields, windows, and the car’s hood and roof will range from $25 to $75, but no motor vehicle points will be assessed for a violation of the rule. If the failure to remove snow or ice from a vehicle results in an injury or property damage, drivers will be fined between $200 and $1,000. Commercial motor vehicle drivers who fail to clean their windshields will be fined between $500 and $1,500 for each offense.
According to New Jersey state officials, snow and ice left on a vehicle can become a projectile, which can create hazards for other drivers. In addition, snow and ice on a windshield can obstruct a driver’s line of vision, which can lead to New Jersey car accidents.
The winter driving season is always hazardous for New Jersey drivers. Hopefully, this new law will have the intended effect of preventing accidents due to snow and ice buildup on vehicles. If you have been involved in a New Jersey automobile accident because of another driver’s negligence, contact the New Jersey automobile accident lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation on your case.