By Bob Katzen

The Transportation Committee’s agenda also included legislation that would require drivers on public roads to make reasonable efforts to remove accumulated ice or snow from their vehicle including the hood, trunk and roof within 24 hours after the end of the falling snow or ice. A driver who violates this new law may be stopped on a public roadway by a police officer if the officer believes the accumulated ice or snow may pose a threat to persons or property.

“I sponsored this bill after receiving calls from many constituents each time we have a significant snowfall,” said sponsor Rep. Tom Walsh (D-Peabody). “Every year we watch the news stories of snow and ice damaging windshields and sometimes causing personal injury. It may sound simple, but not if you’re a victim.”

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