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Police Warning Drivers About Removing Snow From Vehicles After Close Call in New Hampshire

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    Police Warning Drivers About Removing Snow From Vehicles

    In the Granite State, they have Jessica’s Law, which was enacted in 2001 after Jessica Smith was killed when ice came off a truck and into another truck. The second truck hit her head on, and she died. Not clearing your vehicle off is considered negligent driving.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 15, 2017)

    It’s the law in New Hampshire to clear the snow off your vehicle, but not everyone follows it.

    Heidi Keenan can attest to that first-hand after an incident in Rochester on Wednesday.

    "It’s cracked completely in the middle and spider-webbed in all directions, so the entire windshield was broken end to end," said Keenan.

    Driving to meet her boyfriend for lunch like she does every Wednesday, she hopped on Route 125, and as she was driving behind a waste management truck, she saw a huge slab of ice fly right towards her.

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    "I saw the big sheet of ice come right off the top of it and I just kept saying, 'please be soft,'" said Keenan.

    Needless to say it wasn’t soft snow but ice that ruined her windshield. The waste management truck neglected to clear the snow off the top. Keenan said she doesn’t believe the truck driver knew it happened, because he didn’t pull over.

    NBC Boston spotted another Waste Management truck on Friday that didn’t have the top cleaned off several days after the snow.

    "I think it really needs to be a safety issue to get on top of those trucks and get it off there," said Keenan.

    In the Granite State, they have Jessica’s Law, which was enacted in 2001 after Jessica Smith was killed when ice came off a truck and into another truck. The second truck hit her head on, and she died. Not clearing your vehicle off is considered negligent driving.

    "You can get a summons to court and the first offense can result in fines up to $250 to $500," Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas said.

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    Heidi said she’s thankful to be alive and tell her story to warn other drivers hitting the roads this winter.

    "I just took a few minutes to catch my breath and count my blessings," said Keenan.

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