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Released: 1/10/2011 

DRPA Police Remind Drivers Snow And Ice Removal Is Now The Law

 Delaware River Port Authority police are reminding drivers to always remove accumulated ice and snow from their vehicles before hitting the road.

According to DRPA Acting Police Chief, Brian Kelly, “drivers who fail to clear their vehicles of ice and snow before driving can be cited and fined.  Fines for violating the law range from $25 to $75.” 

If failure to remove ice and snow results in injury or property damage, drivers face fines ranging from $200 to $1,000.  Commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1,500.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “this is a safety first issue.  There have been tragic accidents in the past where ice and snow becomes airborne from a car or truck resulting in chards of ice going through a windshield causing serious injury or sometimes death to innocent drivers.”

The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety advises drivers to keep a winter “safety kit” in their vehicles.  The kit should include an ice scraper/brush, shovel, jumper cables, warm blanket, safety flares, extra windshield washer fluid and a fully charged cell phone.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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