MSP reminds drivers of legality behind clearing snow from vehicles


    According to section 257.677a of Michigan Vehicle Code, drivers are liable for any snow, ice, and slush that may come off their vehicle if not cleared. (WWMT/Matt Miller)

    With the several rounds of snow in recent days, you've probably had to brush off your car a few times.

    With an additional several inches of snow on the way, Michigan State Police reminded drivers to remove all snow from their vehicles if they absolutely must be out.

    According to section 257.677a of Michigan Vehicle Code, drivers are liable for any snow, ice, and slush that may come off their vehicle if not cleared.

    "If the snow or ice were to fall of your vehicle while you're driving down the road, you can not only cause an accident, but you can cause an extreme vision obstruction to the driver behind you," Sgt. Andrew Jeffrey with Michigan State Police said.

    Some people forget the roof of the car, but it's important to brush off. As snow piles up and compacts for several days, sometimes a sheet of solid ice can form underneath. If that were to fly from your vehicle, it can be a danger to the drivers behind you.

    For your safety, remove all snow from all windows, mirrors, headlights and taillights to ensure you can see and be seen.

    "I pulled a lady over, and she basically only made this little area for her eyes out of the front windshield. She was wondering why I did it. I said, 'how do you even see out of your vehicle?'" Jeffrey said.

    MSP urged drivers to stay home during heavy snow events like the one on the way tomorrow.

    If you must travel, be sure to remember the law behind clearing off your vehicle and give yourself extra time to complete the simple and necessary task.

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