(CBS) – New Jersey drivers now face fines for failing to clear snow or ice from their vehicles before heading out onto the road.

Under an amended law that takes effect today, drivers are required to clear the snow and ice off their cars, trucks, S.U.V.s and even big commercial vehicles before getting out onto the road.

Pam Fischer is director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety:

“We don’t want anybody to be hurt or killed out there because someone simply didn’t take the time to make sure that their vehicle was safe before it was put out on the road. I mean that’s just unacceptable to us.”

Fischer says police can stop you and issue a citation with a fine ranging from $25 to $75. And, she says if the snow or ice causes an accident, injuries or property damage, the fines go up to the range of $200 to $500.

Fischer says fine are steeper – $500 to $1,500 – for commercial vehicles.

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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