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New Conn. Law Requires Truckers To Clear Snow, Ice Off Rigs

Violators Face Fines Up To $1,250
Trucks are seen in the snow on I-95 north - Darien, CT - Jan 27, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Trucks are seen in the snow on I-95 north – Darien, Conn. (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The new year brings tougher penalties against some truckers traveling in Connecticut.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, truckers who don’t clear their rigs of snow and ice could face fines under a new law set to take effect in January.

The truckers may also be held liable for any damage or injuries to cars or drivers, according to state officials.

“This is the result of too many accidents as a result of snow and ice coming off of the trucks and creating unsafe hazards on the road,” Connecticut DMV spokesman Bill Seymour told Schneidau. “If there is property damage as a result of the snow and ice flying off the truck, then they face anywhere between a $500 and a $1,250 fine.”

Seymour added state police will be keeping an eye out for truckers who fail to remove snow and ice prior to heading out.

The law does not apply to trucks traveling during a snowstorm.

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