Got snow on your car? Brush it off!

When  it is safe to drive again, The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds drivers they need to scrape off the heavy amounts of snow and ice before traveling or face a possible $75 fine for having a car on the road loaded down with these icy elements.

This state law, which aims to prevent safety risks from these blowing winter hazards, pertains to passenger cars and other non-commercial vehicles. Fines can increase up to $1,000 for drivers who operate these vehicles when snow or ice flying off them causes personal injury or property damage.

“All drivers should take an extra few minutes to remove most of the snow and ice so it does not endanger themselves or others,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. “That will be time well spent to avoid needless hazards on the roadways.

A similar law pertaining to commercial vehicles is scheduled to go into effect later this year.