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Could you get a Ticket for Not Removing Snow from Your Car Before Driving?

Ugh. Winter has arrived. And since it officially started 2 weeks ago, we can expect for at least 2 more months, cold temperatures, snow, ice, sleet, or blizzard conditions. And, let’s face it, no one looks forward to scraping the snow/ice from one’s car, either!

Did you know it’s possible in some states that you could get a ticket for not removing snow/ice from your car before driving?  Is Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky on that list?  

Irina Igumnova

The Tri-State has no laws for driving with snow or ice on your vehicle according to  You could get denied from driving on the Indiana Turnpike, however, unless snow is removed first.

Here are 11 states that could fine you up to $1000 if snow/ice is not removed from your vehicle before driving:






New Hampshire

New Jersey


Rhode Island



In Connecticut,  if snow or ice flying from vehicles results in injury or property damage, drivers of non-commercial vehicles can be fined from $200 to $1,000. The penalties for commercial drivers are $500 to $1,250.  Pennsylvania has similar laws.

For everyone’s safety, it’s recommended (and just common sense) that all motorists clean snow and ice from their vehicles before driving.  Clean the top of the hood, roof of the car, around the lights, and windows.  I’ve seen many times while driving in the winter months, sheets of ice flying off trucks or cars and hoped and prayed it wouldn’t smash into my windshield or any other vehicle. Unfortunately, there have been fatal accidents due to ice/snow hitting drivers.

Do you think Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky should institute laws for snow removal from cars/trucks before driving?

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