Making Winter Travel Safer: Snow and Ice Removal Law Passes State Senate Committee

DUNMORE, Pa. -- On this first full day of fall, we turn our attention to winter.

A bill making its way through the legislature is designed to make traveling safer.

The bill passed the state Senate Transportation Committee on Monday. It now goes on to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola from the Lehigh Valley goes like this. It would give police officers the discretion to pull over a vehicle where a build-up of snow and ice poses a hazard.

Drivers would have 24 hours to clean their vehicles.

The current law only penalizes a driver when snow and ice fly off a vehicle and hurts someone.

Boscola's legislation is called "Christine's Law." It's named for Christina Lambert from Northampton County who was killed in 2005 when ice from a truck crashed through her windshield and killed her.

The bill's fate in the full Senate is uncertain, but it did pass the senate appropriations committee unanimously.

12 comments

  • JIMBRONY

    The woman that this proposed law is named for was kil.le.d in the opposite lane. Not every highway in PA is a divided road. Oops, so much for tailgating.

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    The woman that this proposed law is named for was kil.led in the opposite lane. Not every highway in PA is a divided road. Oops, so much for tailgating.

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    The woman that this proposed law is named for was kil.led in the opposite lane. Not every highway in PA is a divided road. Oops, so much for tailgating…

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  • turdfergson

    Would yo see this actually enforced. Last winter as I was driving down the road with chunks of frozen snow and ice pelting my car by two SUVs in the opposite lane… with you guessed it, a police cruiser right behind the two of them.

  • nowiseenitall

    More people die every year from heart attack and stroke shoveling snow then getting hit by ice falling off a trailer. I sincerely don’t see this law doing much good if any.

  • Wesley Bingaman

    this is absurd…no truck driver has any way of climbing a 13′ 6″ high trailer for snow and ice removal safely so why not ticket drivers who enjoy tail gating these big truck who put themselves at risk its time to be driving smart and expect the unexpected people

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Truck stops need to be putting in a brush where trucks can run under to get snow and ice off the trailers because there’s no way one can get up on top to remove it. Truckers have no place to store a ladder and the trailer most likely won’t hold their weight when they’re up there. This is a feel good law.

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