Snow Free Vehicles

Because I’m generally just pissed off at Pennsylvania state government right now, I’m angry at this too, even though I understand the rationale:

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Nothhampton, said current law is a good first step but it doesn’t go far enough. She is calling for the passage of a bill that would allow police to ticket drivers for failure to clear snow or ice before they take to the roads. Violators would face fines ranging from $25 to $75.

The bill also would increase the maximum fine for commercial and non-commercial drivers in violation of existing law to $1,500.

A similar rule is being pursued in New Jersey.

Just the fact that New Jersey is considering this too means we should look double close.  We have one documented instance!  I’ve had tractor trailer ice hit me before, and it’s only resulted in a little foul language.  I’m tired of the government regulating every damned aspect of our lives, and lately, I just want to tell them to go to hell, even if what they are asking for might have a hint of reason.   Previously, I’ve only had a few things elevate to the level of writing my state reps, but lately, I just want to tell them “Stop!  I mean everything.  Just stop trying to do anything.  We’ll all be better off.”

One Response to “Snow Free Vehicles”

  1. Ian Argent says:

    Damn. I mean, I clear off as much snow and ice as I can from my vehicle before driving, but still… I have far more issues losing awareness from traffic opposite hitting a patch of snow or a deep puddle and throwing up snow/water onto my windshield than I ever have from loose snow from a car falling on it. Quit tailgating and you’ll be fine.

    OTOH, I was shocked when NJ passed their lights on/wipers on law; when I took my driver’s course @ 16 in VA (don’t get me started on NJ’s minimum driver age) it had been law in VA for a while – this is a safety law I do get behind; since the point is not to help you see, but to help people behind you see you from a farther distance. Light-coloerd cars tend to blend in to inclement weather…