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Troopers crack down on drivers who don't clear snow off vehicles

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Troopers across the state have been cracking down on drivers who aren't clearing snow off their vehicles (WFSB) Troopers across the state have been cracking down on drivers who aren't clearing snow off their vehicles (WFSB)
MONTVILLE, CT (AP) -

Connecticut State Police are cracking down on drivers who aren’t cleaning their vehicles off completely when it snows.

If snow flies off your car and causes damage, the fines soar.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News joined Trooper Dale Degaetano on I-95 in the New London area.

He was looking for drivers who failed to clear snow and ice from their vehicles.

"It's that weighted snow that becomes dislodged and it can basically cause a lot of personal property damage,” Degaetano said.

Even though a box truck was stopped because he backed up the exit ramp and crashed into another car, a 4 inch snow load cost him a $120 fine.

In Connecticut, the snow on the roof fine is $75 for any vehicle with snow on the hood, roof or trunk. It could cost $200 to $1,000 for a non-commercial vehicle with dislodged snow that causes property damage, and $500 to $1,250 for a commercial vehicle with snow that causes property damage.

"A few moments, it’s going to save you trouble, it’s going to save other people trouble on the roadway,” Degaetano said.

On Tuesday, Degaetano averted a potential catastrophe on Tuesday by stopping a fuel tanker loaded with 7,600 gallons of diesel fuel for the submarine base.

The driver lost a wheel, and the inside of the tire was smoking hot.

Drivers should take a broom or extended brush to push the snow off.

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