Hey MTPD! It's OK to leave snow on my car right? NO!

YOU MUST CLEAR SNOW AND ICE FROM YOUR CAR!

During the past week, the Lancaster County area saw two snow storms which resulted in accumulation.  We felt this would be a great time to remind motorists of the dangers and illegality of leaving snow and / or ice upon a vehicle, while it is in motion.  Manheim Township Police officers often see vehicles traveling down the roadway with large mounds of snow upon them, or obstructed windows.  The law makes it a driver's responsibility to completely remove snow and ice from their vehicle prior to operating it upon a roadway.  Not only does it prevent a hazard from ice and snow that may fall from your vehicle, it also provides an unobstructed view for the driver.  We would like to showcase two laws:

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§ 4524.  Windshield obstructions and wipers.

(a)  Obstruction on front windshield.--No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield which materially obstructs, obscures or impairs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway except an inspection certificate, sticker identification sign on a mass transit vehicle or other officially required sticker and no person shall drive any motor vehicle with any ice or snow on the front windshield which materially obstructs, obscures or impairs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.

(b)  Obstruction on side and rear windows.--No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any sign, poster or other nontransparent material, including ice or snow, upon the side wings or side or rear windows of the vehicle which materially obstructs, obscures or impairs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway. The placement of a registration permit upon the side or rear window of a vehicle shall not be considered a material obstruction.

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§ 3720.  Snow and ice dislodged or falling from moving vehicle.

When snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of the vehicle from which the snow or ice is dislodged or falls shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for each offense.

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These laws were enacted for the safety of all drivers.  Please ensure your vehicle is clear of ice and snow before moving it upon a roadway.  Please drive safely!

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org