Lawmaker wants to require snow-free cars in Maine

Katherine Danforth a first year student at the University of Maine in Orono brushes snow from her car before leaving to go to her home in Hampden recently. A new bill would allow police to fine motorists who don't adequately clean the snow from their vehicles.
Katherine Danforth a first year student at the University of Maine in Orono brushes snow from her car before leaving to go to her home in Hampden recently. A new bill would allow police to fine motorists who don't adequately clean the snow from their vehicles.
Posted Feb. 21, 2011, at 9:42 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine lawmaker wants to require motorists to clean snow and ice from their vehicles or possibly pay a fine.

Republican Rep. Jane Knapp of Gorham has modeled her proposal on laws in other states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The laws are aimed at motorists who scrape a small hole on the windshield and drive off. In some states such motorists are called “tank commanders.”

The other goal of the proposal is to keep sheets of ice and snow from flying off at high speeds and hitting other vehicles.

Knapp tells the Portland Press Herald it’s basically a safety issue.

The bill carries a minimum fine of $250 for a first offense.

The proposal goes before the Legislature’s Transportation Committee on Thursday.

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