1,800 NJ motorists cited for snow-covered cars

    Live in New Jersey? Heading out this morning? Remember to get all that snow off the car.

    Police in New Jersey have been busy during this snowy winter ticketing drivers who fail to clear ice and snow from their vehicles.

    The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that the latest numbers show more than 1,800 citations were issued through the end of January.

    This is the first winter since a state law took effect requiring motorists to make a reasonable effort to remove snow and ice before heading out on the road.

    Previously, motorists could be ticketed only if there was damage to another vehicle or injuries occurred.

    Not anymore — fines range from $25 to $75, but can be as much as $1,000 if flying ice causes a serious injury or significant property damage.

    So get out that ice scraper, broom, credit card, or whatever!

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