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Drivers Urged to Clean Off Cars in Winter Weather
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on January 17, 2014 @ 6:04PM
Created on January 17, 2014 @ 5:39PM

You might not realize it, but driving your car while it is still covered in snow is not only dangerous but it could cost you a hefty fine.

The blowing snow from your car could limit other driver's visibility, and you may be in danger of another car wrecking into you because the driver cant see your lights clearly. You could also run the risk of wrecking into someone or something else due to limited visibility out of your own windshield. According to local law enforcement, there is a law regarding clearing the snow off your car, and it is designed to keep drivers safe as the snow continues to make its way into our area.

We have these laws on both the state and local level for drivers, and you could face fines over $100 if you get caught. Officers say they have already had to responded to several calls of snow chunks startling the drivers behind them causing them to lose control behind the wheel, along with several accidents, because drivers couldn't see the brake lights of the cars in front of them.

"It only takes a couple of seconds to clean the lights off, and the windshield depending on the amount of ice it could take a little bit longer. The trick is, if you're going some place, allow yourself a few extra minutes to defrost your windows, and to clean the obstruction off," said Sergeant Glenn Staley with the Fairmont City Police Department.

5 News spoke with residents, some who said that they are definitely guilty of not cleaning off they're cars, while other said it's always a priority.

"I always take the time to clean the car off, some times I slack a little bit and leave some snow on the car but other than that I make sure it's clean enough to where I can see," said David Freeman.

"It could be pretty hazardous, but I'm definitely guilty of it," said Sarah Bell.

Again, officials urge you to take the extra five minutes and just swipe the snow off your car, it could potentially save your life.

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