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    ZERO Tolerance...for snow

    Written by Mark Nichols
    It's too bad the State of New Jersey is firing so many police officers. If the state had more bodies to enforce the new "zero snow tolerance" law they might have been able to make some serious money. According to an article by reporters with the Associated Press, Garden State highway safety and law enforcement officials were recently reminding New Jersey motorists that an amended law now requires that all ice and snow be removed from a vehicle before traveling on New Jersey's roadways.

    Failure to comply can result in a citation and a fine.
    While some are sure to see the new measure as a cash-grab by state officials, state officials say that the amendment to the law was long overdue.
    Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer explained that prior to the change drivers could only be cited if property damage or injuries occurred as a result of failing to remove ice and snow from their vehicles.
    "Snow and ice left on a vehicle, in particular on the hood, windows and roof, can become a deadly projectile, creating a hazard for everyone on the road," Fischer told reporters.
    "The few moments it takes to clear ice and snow from your vehicle could prevent a crash or save a life."
    Others echoed that sentiment.
    "Ice and snow are great in their proper place, but that place is not on your vehicle if you're venturing out on New Jersey's roadways," Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said.
    "For years we've seen evidence of the dangers of snow and ice on vehicles.
    Now, the law prohibits what common sense should have already dictated.
    And troopers will be enforcing that law this winter," he added.
    According to the law, fines can range from $25 to $75.
    If failure to remove ice and snow results in injury or property damage, motorists face fines ranging from $200 to $1000, while commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1,500, for each offense.

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