Proposed law slaps $100 fine on Va. drivers who don’t clear snow off cars

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RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- A new bill in Virginia's General Assembly would make it so that drivers would be fined if they didn't clear the snow and ice from their vehicles before driving.

Delegate Mike Mullin from Newport News introduced HB 207 which would allow police to write a $100 ticket if a person drives a vehicle "with any amount of accumulated snow or ice on its exposed surfaces where, were the snow or ice to become dislodged from such vehicle, such accumulated snow or ice could interfere with the operation of another motor vehicle or cause injury to persons or property."

Mullin told WTVR in Richmond that most people he's talked to already thought it was a law.

"It's what they teach you when you go and get your license to begin with. It's what VDOT and DMV recommend," he said. "This is something that is just common sense."

Mullin said his own experience on I-64 led to the legislation proposal; he said he was driving behind a vehicle that hadn't cleared the snow off the top of it and it came off in a big sheet on to his vehicle.

Several states that see snow frequently already have laws like this in place, including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine.

If the legislation passes, Mullins said he hopes police officers would make "common sense" decisions about writing tickets.

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