Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Senate just approved legislation that would require truck drivers to remove ice or snow from their vehicles following heavy storms.
Named “Christine’s Law,” the measure would help prevent tragedies like the one that befell Christine Lambert of Palmer Township in 2005. She died when a large piece of ice dislodged from a passing truck and crashed through her windshield.
Senator Lisa Boscola originally suggested the legislation.
Current law only penalizes a driver when serious bodily harm occurs from a snow or ice projectile.
Christine’s Law would be more proactive, giving police officers discretion to pull over a truck where the buildup of ice or snow poses a potential hazard.
Under the bill, motor carrier operators would have up to 24 hours following a snowstorm to clear the snow and ice from trucks. This is a similar timeframe that most homeowners are provided to clear their sidewalks after a winter storm.
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