The Holmdel Police Department is reminding motorists to always remove accumulated ice and snow from their vehicles before traveling on New Jersey’s roadways. Motorists who fail to clear their vehicles of ice and snow before driving can be cited and fined under an amended law, which became effective October 20, 2010. Prior to this change, a motorist could only receive a citation if failure to remove ice and snow from a vehicle resulted in injury to others or property damage.
Fines for violating the new law range from $25 to $75. No motor vehicle points will be assessed for this offense. If failure to remove ice and snow results in injury or property damage, motorists face fines ranging from $200 to $1,000, while commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1,500 for each offense.
In anticipation of inclement weather, motorists are encouraged to:
- Tune up and winterize their vehicles, as well as check the radiator, battery, antifreeze, and all other fluid levels.
- Check tire treads and replace them if they’re unsafe.
- Check and replace windshield wiper blades if the rubber is cracked and/or brittle. Be sure to also check and refill the washer fluid reservoir.
- Maintain at least a half a tank of gas during the winter to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
Motorists should also keep a winter driving “safety kit” in their vehicles that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. The kit should include: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; warm blanket; sand, salt, or cat litter (for traction in ice and snow); de-icer; safety flares/warning devices; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield washer fluid; cell phone with a charged spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e. granola or protein bars); and paper towels or a cloth.
For further information on winter driving, as well as a variety of traffic safety issues, motorists can visit the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s website, at www.njsaferoads.com.
If you have any questions, please contact the Holmdel Police Traffic Safety Unit at:
Traffic Safety Supervisor, Sergeant Vincent Imperato
(732) 946-9690, ext. 1731
Traffic Safety Officer, Patrolman Christopher Cherney
(732) 946-9690, ext. 1733