– A little more than a year after it
was enacted, the Ice and Snow Removal Law
is being brought to the fore again by the
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety
as the calendar turns towards winter.
in October of 2010, the law requires motorists
to “make all reasonable efforts”
to remove accumulated ice or snow from all
exposed surfaces of their motor vehicle
before operation. Prior to the change, motorists
could only be cited if property damage or
injuries occurred as a result of failing
to remove ice and snow from their vehicles.
ice and snow from a motor vehicle can act
as a deadly projectile that can fly at a
high rate of speed and cause significant
damage to nearby automobiles,” Division
of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director
Gary Poedubicky said. “Removing ice
and snow from your vehicles, especially
from the hood, windows and roof, only takes
a few moments. Those few moments of precaution
can mean the difference between safety and
the 13 months since the law was enacted,
3,200 citations have been issued to motorists
that failed to adequately remove ice and
snow from their vehicles. Bergen County
was the clear enforcement leader, issuing
more than 1,300 violations. Hudson (305),
Essex (239), Union (210) and Passaic (194)
counties trailed behind Bergen.
for violating the law range from $25 to
$75. If failure to remove ice and snow results
in injury or property damage, motorists
face fines ranging from $200 to $1,000,
while commercial motor vehicle drivers face
fines ranging from $500 to $1,500 for each
increase awareness of this law, the Division
is rolling out a public service announcement
and advertising campaign. The PSAs will
debut on radio stations throughout the state
today and run through the winter season.
The spots have been produced and developed
in partnership with the New Jersey Broadcasters
Association (NJBA) and will be featured
on the NJBA’s 41 commercial radio
members on the state’s airwaves.
NJBA is proud to be working with the Division
of Highway Traffic Safety on this important
winter safety message,” NJBA President
Paul Rotella said. “We are always
eager to help keep our roads and citizens
second wave of advertising is planned for
later this month and will be featured on
buses and in trains throughout the New Jersey
the fall has thus far been mild, the Division
is offering the following winter driving
tips as winter and inclement weather approaches:
slowly (at or below the posted
speed limit) and adjust your speed for
the changing conditions.
on your headlights,
using low beams when traveling in snow.
snowplows plenty of room to work.
Don’t tailgate and try not to pass.
If you must pass, exercise extreme caution
in doing so. Remember, a snow plow operator’s
field of vision is restricted. You may
see them, but they may not always see
you skid, don’t brake or accelerate.
Remove your foot from the gas, and gently
steer your car in the direction of the
skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle
is sliding). When your car starts heading
in the desired direction, carefully straighten
down before exiting the highway.
Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp
curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
a personal safety kit easily accessible
in your vehicle that includes:
an ice scraper; shovel; jumper cables;
blanket; sand, salt or kitty litter for
traction; flashlight; water and non-perishable
food. If your car becomes disabled, pull
off the road as far as possible, turn
on your emergency flashers and remain
with your car until help arrives. If you
can’t get your vehicle off the road
and are uncertain about your safety, do
not stay in your vehicle or stand behind