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Boscola Reintroduces Christine’s Law

Ice from a passing tractor trailer crashed into a car Jan. 22, 2019, on Interstate 80 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania State Police said. The car's passenger was injured. (Photo courtesy the Marshalls Creek Fire Company | For

Ice from tractor trailer on I-80 crashes into car, injuring passenger

By Sarah Cassi | For | January 23, 2019

Flying ice from the top of a tractor trailer on Interstate 80 crashed into a passing car’s windshield, injuring the passenger, Pennsylvania State Police said. Troopers with the Stroudsburg barracks said Rose Kent, 62, was driving a Toyota Camry with Thomas Kent, 65, in the passenger seat at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, in the Smithfield Township section of I-80 East in Monroe County.

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Thomas Kent was lucky.  He survived a snow and ice missile that crashed through the window of the car he was a passenger in earlier this week on I-80 in Monroe County. 

Sadly, this story is just one of many reminders why I continue to push for the passage of “Christine’s Law” in memory of Christine Lambert of Palmer Township who was killed by an ice missile from atop a box truck on Christmas Day 2004. 

Christine’s Law is a common sense proposal that would allow police to pull over and fine drivers of vehicles who have snow and ice accumulated on their vehicle.  It is meant as a preventive measure so our citizens clean off their vehicles before taking to our roadways.

Most drivers living in the Northeast section of the country have witnessed snow and ice flying off moving vehicles at high rates of speed; often times it is from large trucks where removing snow and ice can take time. However, accumulated snow and ice on the top of any vehicle represents a potential hazard for all drivers on our highways. The frozen chunks of ice and snow that fall off cars, tractor trailers, box trucks or busses are often large and can have tremendous force that does significant damage to passing vehicles and physical harm to the individuals that are passengers in the cars. This is completely preventable and we need to take action to make sure no one else is injured by something that we can control.

I reintroduced Christine’s Law today.  It is SB114 this session.  The goal of the legislation is to prevent further injuries or fatalities from happening by requiring the removal of snow and ice from the top of vehicles within 24 hours. New Jersey, Connecticut along with other states already have laws on the books that allow law enforcement officers to stop and fine individuals for not removing snow and ice from the top of their vehicle. Pennsylvania needs to join them by enacting SB114.

Last session, the bill passed the Senate unanimously in April 2018, but was not taken up in the House prior to session concluding in November.  It is my hope that the legislation will be acted upon in the Senate early this session in order to give the House more time for review and take action.

My legislation is meant to be preventative.  It requires all drivers to do their part so no family endures the loss the Lambert Family suffered nearly 15 years ago and prevents the near tragedy Thomas Kent narrowly avoided earlier this week.  It is time Christine’s Law gets to the Governor’s desk.

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