Unlike Other States, Maine Doesn’t Have Any Snow Removal Driving Laws…But Should We?
As more and more cars permeate roads and highways, should Maine follow other states in New England and enact laws about snow removal for automobiles?
It won't be long before a friend, co-worker and acquaintance on social media posts a status or video about hitting the roads and having snow fly off a car in front of them. It's actually probably happened to you. Additionally, after any snowstorm or deep freeze, you'll see people out on the roads with just a small piece of their windshield scraped off while the rest of their looks like it just came out of a freezer. We all accept this in Maine as hazards of the winter but in other states, including many in New England, governments have enacted laws to alter the way we do winter.
In Massachusetts, there is now a fine that can be handed out by police if a person fails to remove all the snow from the top of their automobile. If that snow is hardened and comes flying off the top of your car resulting in an accident, criminal charges could apply. Similar laws exist in New Hampshire, where failure to completely clean off your car or your windshield can result in hefty fines from police.
But here in Maine, there are no such laws. But as more and more cars hit the roads each calendar year, it's fair to ask, should we have additional laws protecting drivers? Should snow removal from the roof of your automobile be a law versus a common courtesy? And what about your windshield? Are pedestrians and other drivers at risk when your entire car is covered with a sheet of ice with the exception of a small circle on your windshield?
Would you be in favor or against a new law for snow removal on cars in Maine?