MA Legislators are out of touch with the Massachusetts average WORKING MAN when it comes to assessing fines, taxes and penalties. Politicians typically have higher wages, higher savings, live in better homes and worry less about their next paycheck, groceries, and making their next mortgage payment than the average MA tax payer who in fact they are supposed to represent.
Massachusetts, like most states, does not have a law requiring motorists scrape snow and ice off their vehicles before driving. State law, though, does declare people cannot “pile, push or plow snow or ice” onto a state highway.
State Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, filed legislation at the State House last month that would require drivers to remove ice and snow from their vehicles before hitting the road. His bill, which doesn’t specify fines, targets vehicles with roofs larger than 10 square feet with at least one-quarter an inch of snow or ice.
A similar yet unsuccessful snow-scraping bill was filed by former state Rep. Brian Knuuttila, D-Gardner, two years ago. The measure called for imposing a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail for failing to remove snow and ice from a vehicle. Knuuttila’s bill was rejected by the joint Transportation Committee.
Even though people cannot be cited for not cleaning off the ice from their vehicle roofs, they could still face financial penalties, Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon said.