TLS has learned that motorists in Lakewood were pulled over and ticketed today after they were seen driving with snow on top of their vehicles. As earlier reported, the law – which recently went into effect – requires motorists to remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before traveling on the roads. The law dictates that drivers shall make all reasonable efforts to remove accumulated ice or snow from exposed surfaces of the motor vehicle prior to operation, which includes the hood, trunk, windshield, windows and roof of the vehicle, cab, truck, the top of a trailer or semitrailer being drawn by a motor vehicle, and the top of an intermodal freight container being carried by an intermodal chassis.
Violators may be stopped on a street or highway by a law enforcement officer who believes the accumulated ice or snow may pose a threat to persons or property and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 or more than $75 for each offense regardless of whether any snow or ice is dislodged from the vehicle.
Fines increase to $200 to $1,000 when injuries or property damage occur. Commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1,500 for each offense. There are no points involved. TLS.
it’s about time lakewood police ticketed motorists for something in this town they been to nice over the years with everyone.
Whay about ticketing the township for not clearing snow off the roads? Just saying…
Don’y be lazy clean your car!!!!!!
Hey numbers 2 n 3. They couldn’t plow because you knuckle heads left cars in the street even though municipal ordinance states all vehicles must be removed from the roadway during snow removal.
This can be a real safety issue if the ice flies off and hits someone, or someone elses car while driving
Thanks #’s 5 6, and 7.
(TO NUMBER 2 & 3):
Hey you whiny little brats!!
Look into your own plate, and dont worry about the job others are doing.
IF YOUR SO SMART, RUN FOR TOWNSHIP BOARD, OR GET A JOB PLOWING… TILL THEN- SIT THERE AND SIP YOUR SOUP!
to much snow…… its a ticket or a tow…deal with it.
Is a police car exampt from cleaning his roof etc?
Why do we insist on breaking laws that cause harm to others?
this is lakewood we do what we want to do
its a law. if you want to break it then try your luck. if u get caught u get ticketed
They should have them assistimg the DPW more in their cleaning efforts that would be making this town safer then waisting time ticketing for a minor thing.
Rules are rules whether you like them or not. Personally I think they should be giving residents a bit more time. The roads are not exactly clean yet.
Thank you 5,6,7. Too bad other towns didn’t enforce such laws!
#16, these aren’t rules, they are laws, there’s a difference. If you can get to your car to drive it, then you can clean it off too.
Its the best thing that its the law now!!!!!
To #15 CAC If a chunk of ice flew off the car in front of you and smashed your windshield you wouldn’t think it was such a minor thing. It’s a real safety issue. Why is it whenever someone gets a ticket for a valid reason the comments always try to shift the focus from the violator to the police should be doing something more constructive. We could be doing something more constructive if we didn’t have to pull over people too lazy to clean off their cars. You know, like investigating burglaries from unlocked cars and houses. Grow up already.
Its nice to say that there is a rule that cars should not be on the street during a snow removal. However, does the planning board take this into account when approving developments.
Too many people in Lakewood feel they are above the law. Great job to the police.
In my opinion, the zoning board approves everything where as the planning board really tries to do the right thing. This does not happen all the time because of pressure from the community
I totally agree with #19! Besides being a law it is a safety issue! Are people that lazy that they can’t clean off the top of their cars? Or is it that they don’t care about anyone else but themselves? It appears that way to me!
Anyone drive from Lakewood to Brooklyn since the storm? How bad is the Parkway/ SI Expressway?
It is correct to ticket people ofr this. Is it a real danger to other drivers who may get hit with the flying ice. Let’s face it. The vast majority of the time when we get tickets is because we did break a law.
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