May 6, 2010 5:00 PM, EDT
Connecticut Passes Snow-Removal Law
Will Not Take Effect Until 2013

Connecticut lawmakers have adopted a measure that could net drivers of trucks and cars $75 fines for not removing snow and ice from their vehicles — and fines of as high as $1,250 if ice or snow flies off and causes damage or injury.

The measure, which would take effect in December of 2013, was passed by the House on May 1 and unanimously adopted by the Senate before the legislature adjourned on May 5.

Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is expected to sign the bill, which closely models one passed last year in New Jersey. (Click here for previous story.)

“She proposed a similar bill a couple of years ago, so, I’m sure she’ll sign it,” said Mike Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut.

Fines for automobile drivers could be as high as $1,000 if snow and ice from their cars causes damage or injury, but for commercial drivers, fines as high as $1,250 if flying snow or ice cause damage or injury.

Riley said the association opposed the bill largely because truck drivers have few options for removing snow and ice from their rigs and because there is no proven technology such as roof heaters to keep trucks snow and ice free.