Now that we have gotten through our first major snow event of the Winter of 2023, we need to talk about what NOT to do when you are on the roads in New York.

When you get ready to hop in your vehicle and head out on the roads in New York there is one thing you need to do when it has snowed near you.


There is nothing worse than driving along on the 90, 290, 490, 87, or any other highway or road, and all of a sudden you are in the middle of crazy whiteout conditions because there is a personalized snowstorm right in front of you.

Yes, when you don't clear off the top of your vehicle and drive, all the snow blows right into the view of the person driving behind you and can cause whiteout conditions for them.

In fact, if you don't clear off your vehicle in New York, you could get fined!

In New York State you could be fined anywhere between $150 and $850 dollars if your windows, windshield, and lights are not clear of snow and ice.

That also goes for the top of your vehicle. Driving with snow on the roof could cause white-out conditions that are unsafe for drivers behind you on the roads.

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According to traffic law S 1229-E, you are responsible for clearing snow from your vehicle.

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 FALLINGTHEREOF.
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.
So please this winter, be courteous and smart, and clear off snow from your vehicle before you head out on the roads in New York.

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