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Police say they’ve stopped hundreds of snow-covered vehicles

March 5, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police troopers say they’ve stopped hundreds of vehicles covered in snow through their enforcement of Jessica’s Law this season.

Police said the number of stops has nearly tripled since the 2016-2017 season, when there were 372 vehicles stopped. WMUR-TV reports that 268 vehicles were stopped in February alone this season.

New Hampshire’s 2002 Jessica’s Law is named for Jessica Smith who was killed when ice from a tractor-trailer hit a box truck that ended up hitting her car. The law requires New Hampshire drivers to clear snow and ice off their cars before getting on the road.

Violators face fines of $250 to $500 for a first offense and $500 to $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

Citation data for March is not yet available.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com