Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The D.C. Council unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that will require drivers to remove frozen snow and ice from their vehicles before taking to the roadways, making the District the first jurisdiction to make such a requirement.

“This is a common sense measure,” said Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat, who introduced the bill. Mr. Thomas Jr. originally wanted to punish offenders with a $50 fine, however the Council amended the bill so that police officers would issue just a warning. The amendment came after several Council members voiced concerns that the legislation was too vague. The warning will be in place until a hearing is held and the Council can study laws in other cities and states.

The legislation will take effect immediately and will be in place for 90 days, after which the Council will decide on a temporary bill.

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