It’s Illegal to Warm Up Your Car and Operate It Covered In Snow In New York
Are you aware it's illegal to warm up your car in New York State? It's also illegal to drive your car covered in snow and ice.
Driving with your car covered in snow and ice puts the driver at risk and those around them. All that ice and snow flying off the car can blind those behind it and cause accidents. Take a look at Bill Number: S395A for NYS. At the bottom of that bill, you'll see it's been amended with a new section 1229-E
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 1229-e to read as follows:
S 1229-E. CLEARANCE OF SNOW, SLEET, AND HAIL. 1. NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET OR HIGHWAY WHILE THERE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL ON THE ROOF OR CARGO BED SURFACES THEREOF, WHETHER OF ANY OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT, TRAILER, OR OTHER CARGO COMPARTMENT IN EXCESS OF THREE INCHES.
2. THE REMOVAL OF ACCUMULATED SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE FALLING OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL OR WITHIN THREE HOURS AFTER THE CESSATION OF THE FALLING THEREOF.
3. (A) THE OPERATOR OF A NON-COMMERCIAL VEHICLE IN VIOLATION OF THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, EXCLUDING A DISABLED OPERATOR, SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
Here is how the funds from this ticket are distributed:
...established fines for violation of these provisions; establishes a fund for the state's portion of such fines, the "snow and ice removal fund" with 10% of the funds going to an annual DMV report on the fund, 25% going to each the DOT and the Thruway authority for establishing snow and ice removal sites on their roads, 30% for a DOT grant program and 10% for a public awareness campaign.
Yes, it's illegal to warm up your car if the keys are in the ignition. The intent of the law is to prevent motor vehicle thefts.
Bill Number: S1210. Unattended motor vehicle.
(a) No person driving or in charge
of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first
stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the
vehicle, and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing
upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the
highway, provided, however, the provision for removing the key from the
vehicle shall not require the removal of keys hidden from sight about
the vehicle for convenience or emergency.
(b) A driver may, for the purpose of getting away from the place of
standing, move another vehicle which is so placed he cannot get his
vehicle out; provided, however, that immediately thereafter he shall
reset the brake and, if on a grade, turn the front wheels to the curb or
side of the highway. This privilege is subject to the limitation set
forth in subdivision (e) of section twelve hundred two.
(c) Towing agencies, which remove vehicles unlawfully parked on
private property at request of the owner of the premises and without the
written consent of the owner of the vehicle, shall immediately notify
the local police station house having jurisdiction over the area where
such vehicle was unlawfully parked, of the description of the car which
was removed, and the time of removal.
The exception to the rule is a car starter because there are no keys in the ignition.
[H/T News 10 Albany]